Tragic Death of Tigress at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Tragic Death of Tigress at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (BTR) in Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria district. Officials at the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (BTR) in Madhya Pradesh report the unfortunate demise of an adult tigress on Monday. The incident occurred in the Manpur buffer zone, where a four to five-year-old tigress was found unconscious. Despite efforts to treat her injuries, the tigress did not survive.

Mating-Related Injuries and Delayed Treatment:

According to a wildlife expert associated with the reserve, the tigress suffered severe injuries to her neck during mating with a male tiger a couple of weeks prior to her discovery. Regrettably, the rainy season exacerbated her wounds, leading to decay. The expert emphasizes that prompt medical attention could have saved her life, but unfortunately, her injuries were left untreated for too long.

Concerns over Monitoring and Wildlife Conservation:

The Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, sprawling across a large area encompassing Umaria, Shahdol, and parts of Katni districts, is home to over 150 tigers and various other wild animals, including wild elephants. However, the recent incident raises concerns about the lack of intense monitoring of tigers and other wildlife within the reserve.

The Need for Immediate Action:

As the reserve mourns the loss of the tigress, experts advocate for greater attention to wildlife monitoring and timely medical intervention for injured animals. Addressing these issues becomes crucial to ensure the well-being and conservation of the magnificent creatures that call Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve their home.

About Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

  • It is located in the eastern Satpura hill range of Umaria and katni districts.
    Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968 & then became Tiger Reserve in 1993.
  • It is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers.

Flora

  • The vegetation of Bandhavgarh is specially filled with Sal forest in the valleys, and Bamboo stretches on the lower slopes of the region.
  • Some of the most famous floral species include Saj (Terminaliatomentosa), Dhaora (Anogeissus latifolia), Tendu, Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Palas (Butea monosperma) etc.

Fauna

  • The important prey species consists of chital, sambhar, barking deer, nilgai, chinkara, wild pig, chowsingha, langur and rhesus macaque.
  • Dependent upon them are the major predators like tiger, leopard, wild dog, wolf and jackal.
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