Chamarajanagara/Mysuru, Nov 23
Two tigers and one Elephant were found dead in Bandipur Tiger Reserve and Nagarahole National Park in Chamarajnaagara and Mysuru district on Friday. (Also see: Elephants electrocuted).
In the first incident a Tiger, which has been causing concern to the villagers in the border of Bandipur, was found dead at Kalaiahkatte forest range in the Tiger Reserve and aged a about 10 to 12 years.
Bandipur National Park, an 874-sq.-km forested reserve in Karnataka, is known for its preserved small number of tigers. Once upon a time it used to be the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore. Today, the forest also harbors Indian elephants, spotted deer, gaurs (bison), antelopes and numerous other native species.
Following complaints from the villagers and a series of tiger sightings, a team of Forest Department officials launched a tiger tracing operation near Penajalli and surrounding forest areas.
The tigers had killed many domestic animals in the surroundings and had become a head ache for villagers. During the combing operation along with tamed elephants Drona and Ashoka Dasra elephants one the tiger was found dead this afternoon.