Mysuru: 4 kill tiger & leopard, eat meat; held | Mysuru News – Times of India


MYSURU: Four people suspected to be involved in the killing of a tiger and a leopard in 2020 were arrested here on Tuesday.
The gang arrested was accused of killing the tiger in October and the leopard using a snare and a jaw trap, respectively.
Police suspect that one of the accused may have contacts with those involved in the illegal trade of tiger skin.
The poachers killed the leopard caught in the jaw trap by clubbing it with welding rods; the tiger was found dead after the hind portion of its body was caught in a wire snare.
The tiger was trapped near Veeranahosahalli off Elephant Proof Trench while the leopard’s body was found near Hunasekatte off the Tibetan settlement.
According to forest officials, the accused told authorities they tasted the meat of the two big cats after skinning them. But they couldn’t eat the tiger’s meat fully as it tasted bad. They later threw the meat into Lakshmana Theertha river in Hunsur.
Three jaw traps and as many as snares along with a knife and goods vehicle that was used to transport the dead tiger to the house of Ramesh Kumara in Ambedkar Nagar near Hunsur have been seized. Mobile forest squad DCF AT Poovaiah said three of the accused – Aruna, Nanjunda and Ravi – are nomadic tribals, while Ramesh Kumar is a tribal. “The accused don’t have criminal antecedents and are being arrested for the first time. We have information about Ramesh Kumar’s network and a probe has been launched into it,” he added.
Nanjunda who worked in a fish shop peeled the skin of the two animals. The gang had carried the carcass of the tiger for nearly 2 km before it was transported to Kumar’s house in a goods auto.
Tiger mom traced
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Days after three of its cubs died and one was rescued to be hand-raised, the mother tigress was traced on Wednesday. It was in the same place where the cubs were found on Sunday.
Forest officials, however, have no plans to reunite the cub with the mother. The surviving male cub is likely to remain in captivity.
Bandipur Tiger Reserve director SR Natesh said the tigress has been searching for her cubs and visited the spot where the three were abandoned. Her movements have been recorded on surveillance camera.
“The tigress is healthy. We will continue to keep a watch on the mother cat to check if it has any difficulty hunting and what could be the reason for the cubs being abandoned. Usually, lactating big cats don’t desert their offspring,” Natesh said.



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