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Mysterious death of tiger near Gundlupet sparks several questions

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Gundlupet: The mysterious death of a tiger that was found in a decomposed state at Mallaiahkattekere in Kundukere range in Bandipur on February 7 has raised several questions over the cause of death.
The male tiger is aged between four or five years. Its legs and neck were tied by metal wire and a big stone was tied to its neck, said the officials and suspected that it could have been murdered.

Veterinarian Dr Wasim Mirza and team conducted an autopsy on the big cat on Wednesday. Since it was found in a decomposed state, the cause of its death has not been ascertained yet. It’s visceral has been sent to the laboratory.

“It was suspected that the tiger could have been caught in a snare resulting in its death. But now it’s clear that it did not die in the snare,” said Bandipur Project Director Ramesh Kumar.

It may be recalled here that people in Kebbepura and surrounding areas had been complaining about tigers attacking their cattle in their fields. They had requested the authorities to initiate measures to prevent tigers from entering their fields.

The officials now strongly believe that the big cat could have been killed somewhere else and the body could have been disposed of here. “We are awaiting the autopsy report to clear these doubts,” the officials said.

A complaint will be lodged in this regard and a special team will be formed to arrest the culprits, said Ramesh Kumar.
ACFs Navin, Ravindra and others were present.

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