Deadly neck injury that killed MB2 in Satkosia was caused by poachers’ trap: NTCA report

BHUBANESWAR: MB2 — the male tiger from Kanha that died of an infection on its neck in Satkosia Tiger Reserve — was killed by a snare laid by poachers, a probe conducted by (NTCA) inspector-general Amit Mallik and Institute of India scientist K Ramesh has allegedly found.

The probe report will be sent to the state government soon.

Mallik, who visited the sanctuary two days after the tiger’s carcass was incinerated in the presence of NTCA’s special representative Biswajit Mohanty, has reportedly mentioned in the report that the injury on MB2’s neck was caused by a snare, a senior NTCA officer told TOI.

The experts are believed to have come to the conclusion by studying photographs of the wound, analysing circumstantial evidence and talking to residents of villages near the spot where MB2 was found dead, as well as to forest officers in Satkosia.

“Poachers had placed the snare mainly to trap wild boar. Instead, it was the tiger that was trapped. It struggled for two or three days to escape the snare but it dug in deeper and deeper in its flesh. The cut, which was subsequently infected with maggots, killed MB2,” the NTCA officer said.

MB2 had been brought to Satkosia from in Madhya Pradesh in June as part of the country’s first inter-state tiger translocation. In less than six months, it was found dead with a deep wound on the dorsal region of the neck. While the postmortem had specified that the injury was the cause of the tiger’s death, it had not identified what caused the wound.

“The ante-mortem wound on the neck was infested with maggots. Subsequent infection led to septicaemia, resulting in multi-organ failure,” the report had said.

The postmortem had also mentioned that a few porcupine quills were found in MB2’s stomach at the time of death. However, wildlife experts had then said the tiger’s death could not possibly have been caused by a porcupine. “A porcupine can never seriously injure a tiger, especially in the neck,” wildlife campaigner Mohanty had said.

On Saturday, Mohanty demanded that the state government take note of the NTCA findings and lodge a case of poaching. “The poachers should be identified soon,” he said.

Earlier, a survey by Wildlife Society of had revealed that the area where MB2 was found dead was vulnerable to poachers.
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