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Unwarranted firing in Kaziranga leads to Tiger’s death

A carcass of a male Royal Bengal Tiger was detected by a staff of Behroni camp under Kohora Range of Kaziranga Tiger Reserve in the morning of June 18, 2021. As per preliminary information, the tiger died due to a gunshot injury during a confict event, fired by a forest personnel of the said camp.

The employee of the forest department has been suspended for ”unwarranted firing” that led to the death of a Royal Bengal Tiger in Assam a few days ago, according to a statement. The post-mortem conducted on the carcass revealed a bullet injury through the lungs and the heart, causing the death of the Royal Bengal Tiger.

“An inquiry conducted by the Assistance Conservator of Forests into the incident revealed that the firing was unwarranted, based on which the staff was suspended,” the statement issued by the Kaziranga National Park authorities said on Sunday.   

The tiger had killed a cow in the area on June 17, and the staff from Bheroni, called in by the villagers, had fired to scare it away.

The inquiry further revealed that the tiger was an old one, with three worn out canines and one missing, because of which it had probably killed the cow.

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