A four-year-old pregnant tigress with four fetuses in her womb was brutally killed by poachers in the Mukutban forest range on Sunday. The matter was kept under wraps by the forest department for more than 24 hours for reasons best known to them.
This is the 17th tiger death in Maharashtra in a little over three months.
This is the second tigress poached in Pandharkawda division in one month. A tigress died in a wire snare on March 23 in Ghonsa in Maregaon range but forest officials are still clueless about the identity of the poachers.
SV Ramarao, CCF of Yavatmal, said: “The tigress had wounds of wire snares in her neck and other injuries on her body, which were inflicted by some sharp-edged weapons..”