A tigress, about 11 years old, was found dead in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) on Saturday morning.
The carcass was found by drivers inside the Onnampalam Sanctuary in the Tholpetty Forest Range below the sanctuary while on safari with tourists.
The big cat is believed to have died in a fight with a porcupine because its quills were found on the carcass, said Jose Mathew, assistant conservator of forests. The Hindu. The tiger had been found in a weak condition for the past two weeks in the area and was under surveillance by authorities, Jose said.
A team of vets led by Forest’s assistant vet, Ajith Mohan, autopsied the carcasses in accordance with National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) protocol. Mr. José supervised the autopsy.
Samples taken from the carcass will be sent for examination to the Kozhikode Regional Chemical Examination Laboratory, he said.
A Forest Department monitoring program for 2017-2018 had revealed that the WWS, a biodiversity hotspot in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, had the largest tiger population in the state. Of the 190 tigers in the state, 120 have been identified at the WWS, which is part of a vast forest complex hosting the largest tiger population in India.