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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tiger found dead outside Nagarahole tiger reserve

By HM Aravind, TNN | Feb 5, 2013, 10.16 PM IST Killing of tiger in Nagarahole Reserve isolated case, wildlife crime ...Kodagu hockey player alleges rape for months, is pregnantHarangi hobli in Kodagu records minimum temperature in state.Tiger spottingTiger found dead in Ranthambore tiger reserve MYSORE: A male tiger has been found dead near the coffee estate bordering Nagarahole tiger reserve in Kodagu. The carcass of the tiger had decomposed and the cause of death of the big cat remains unknown. However, foul play is not suspected since all its parts are intact. The tiger is suspected to have died a week back and came to light on Tuesday. The remains were noticed outside a coffee estate at Parakatageri near Srimangala in Virajpet taluk. APCCF and field director (Project Tiger) B J Hosmath told TOI that the tiger has died in Kodagu district. It is outside the Nagarahole national park, he stated. It is suspected to have died a week back, he said. Forest officials visited the site and inspected the area. The tiger is suspected to have entered the village from Brahmagiri forest, which is some 2km from the site. Sources said it is a male tiger and cause could not to be immediately known since the body has decomposed. The remains are sent to lab to detect the cause but it is suspected to have died because of old age. A vet, who has experience in handling such cases, said the cause of death could be hard to find given that the body has decomposed. "We can pinpoint the cause of death if we happen to locate the body within three days of death. Later the organs will be putrefied leaving little for us to locate the cause. Though the viscera will be sent for lab examination, it is not easy to find the cause," he stated.

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