Chennai, Sept 10 (BPNS)
Tamil Nadu forest department has constituted a 20 member team to probe into the death of two tigers near the Avalanche dam in The Nilgiris district of the state. A team of forest department officials have found the carcasses of two tigresses were found near the Avalanche dam on Saturday evening. Tamil Nadu forest department in a statement said that the two tigresses died two days before and that there were no external injuries on the bodies of the animals
The probe team is led by Additional Conservator of Forests, Devaraj. The team will be searching in the surrounding areas to ascertain whether the animals died due to poisioning.
It may be noted that with this the number of tigers that died in The Nilgiris district has gone to six in the last month alone. It may be noted that on August 17th a tigress was found dead in Madumalai Tiger Reserve. Two cubs were found dead in Sigur range. A seven-year-old tiger was also found dead in a private tea estate in The Nilgiris.
Tamil Nadu forest department officials told BPNS that the adult tigers would have died due to infighting while the cubs died as they could not survive in forest after their mother abandoned them.