Tiger killed by electric fence—farmer arrested

The Hindu reported on April 28, 2017, a sub-adult tiger that went missing from Umred-Karhandala Wildlife Sanctuary the previous week, died of electrocution in Kothurna village in Chandrapur district, a top state forest official said.

The tiger died after it came in contact with an electric fence that was put up by a farmer in the village. The farmer was arrested by the forest department, the official said.

“The tiger, identified as T-10 and named Shriniwas, was missing since April 20. The forest department had launched a search operation, in which his radio collar was found in Kothurna village on the same day,” Maharashtra principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife), Shree Bhagwan, said. He added that the forest authorities started scanning the area afterwards.

“The forest team came across tiger droppings in the area. The officials grew suspicious and questioned a farmer, who owns a farm nearby,” the official said.

“During the questioning, the farmer—Mahadev Irpate—admitted that the tiger had died last week after it came in contact with the electric fence he put up around his farm. He told the officials that he removed the tiger’s collar and threw it and buried the carcass nearby.”

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