After 53 days of active search by several forest officers with sniffer dogs, drones and trap cameras, the man-eater Pandharkawda tigress T1 of Yavatmal forest was shot dead by a sharpshooter on Friday in Ralegaon, Maharashtra. Regional Manager Nandkishor Kale said, “T1’s death occurred due to excessive internal bleeding and heart attack. A tranquilising dart was found on her left hind leg. A gun bullet injury was found on the left side of the chest.”
Avid animal lover Jerryl Banait, who has filed many pleas in the HC and SC on T1, stated that he feels that the forest department did not follow the proper procedure. “Why did they dart her when it is prohibited to do so after sunset and before sunrise? Was there a veterinary doctor in the team? Who determined the tranquilisation dose and why did it not have the desired effect? Why was the tigress shot first when the Forest Department had sworn an affidavit in the court about capturing the cubs first and then the mother as cubs won’t be able to survive without their mother in the wild?”
People have taken to social media to raise questions against the killing of the national animal as she could have been tranquilized and captured alive.
You will always be remembered #Avni. Brave soul RIP, think their should be another way of handling the situation but unfortunately this has happened. The case should be investigated again weather their was need to shot her or not? #SaveTiger pic.twitter.com/UuNXIw5O4J
— Raj.A.Dubey (@RajDube5) November 4, 2018
— Sonia Chopra (@SoniaChopra2) November 4, 2018
Why didn’t the govt relocated her in the zoo or other jungle with her Cubs??
she was not a killer, she was just following her natural instincts. #avni #Avnithetigress #NationalShame #Tigers pic.twitter.com/SqFK5U65oj
— Sachin Saraswat (@punditjikaladka) November 4, 2018
@SMungantiwar what will you get after killing the cubs? You got your land, can't you just provide a safe place for the cubs. Or do you have some kind of under the table agreement with the trophy hunters? #SaveTheCubs #Avni #AvniTheTigress #AvniKilled
— Mouli Khulbe (@FMLfurever) November 4, 2018
#Avni The land of tigers has no land left for tigers.
— Saurabh Singh (@Saurabh64322846) November 4, 2018