Hyderabad: The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has sought an explanation from the Telangana State Forest Department on the status of K4, the young tigress in Chennur forests of Mancherial district stuck with a poacher’s wire snare around its body.
Deputy Inspector General of NTCA Nishant Verma told Telangana Today on Wednesday that details of K4 and the events that led to its present condition and status had been sought from the State Forest Department. “We came to know about it yesterday and immediately wrote to them seeking an explanation,” he said.
It has also emerged that Forest Department officials have not sought the assistance of the police since October last when the snare was first noticed around K4’s abdomen, or filed a complaint with the police to try and identify and catch the poachers who placed the snare in the forest.
According to Verma, the standard operational procedure in case of a tiger getting caught in a poacher’s snare is to inform the local police and seek their assistance to catch the culprits. “We have sought the explanation on all details from the department,” he said.
Born in Kagaznagar div
It was learnt that K4 first got stuck in the snare while it was in Kagaznagar forest division, north of Chennur forest division. The tigress was born in Kagaznagar forest division to Phalguna, a female tiger that migrated to Telangana from Maharashtra. Phalguna is now believed to have established her territory in Kagaznagar forests and has since bred again with reports of her giving birth to two more cubs. K4, meanwhile, struck out on a new forest area as is the case of young adult tigers that seek to establish their own territories and moved south into the Chennur forest area a few months ago.
Police officials in Kagaznagar and in Mancherial said that they had not received any request or complaint from the local Forest Department staff or officials for either assistance to identify or to catch the poachers who placed the snare.
Meanwhile, a senior Forest Department official hinting that the snare posed no danger to K4’s life, said the wound on the tigress from the snare has since healed. “There is no real emergency and the skin has grown back and it is hunting wild animals as well as cattle,” the official added.