Probe into tiger’s death in res­cue op

New Straits Times - - World -

NEW DELHI: In­dian con­ser­va­tion au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of a tiger that was crushed by an earth­mover in a bun­gled op­er­a­tion by res­cue work­ers to move the an­i­mal back to a wildlife park in north­ern In­dia.

Of­fi­cials from the National Tiger Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity on Tues­day ques­tioned of­fi­cials from the Cor­bett wildlife park, a lo­cal zoo and vil­lagers in the Hi­malayan foothills to de­ter­mine the cause of the tiger’s death.

Of­fi­cials in Ut­tarak­hand state said the tiger had killed two peo­ple near Bail­pa­dav vil­lage last week. For­est rangers tracked the tiger and tran­quilised it.

The tiger ap­peared to have been crushed when the res­cuers used an earth­mover to try to scoop up the big cat to re­turn it to the Cor­bett re­serve forests.

A video of the op­er­a­tion has been widely shared on so­cial media, prompt­ing of­fi­cials to be­gin the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

More than 120 tigers died in In­dia last year, while 31 peo­ple were killed in in­ci­dents in­volv­ing at­tacks by tigers, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Anil Dave told Par­lia­ment on Mon­day.

Of the 120, 31 tigers were killed by poach­ers while 48 deaths were due to old age and nat­u­ral causes. AP tigers died in In­dia

last year peo­ple were killed in in­ci­dents in­volv­ing at­tacks by tigers

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