Bhopal: A tiger was found dead on Tuesday near Kathotia village about 32 km away from here in the neighbouring Sehore district, forest officials said.

The officials suspect that the male tiger, which was about 3-years-old, might have died due to electrocution while roaming in the area.

Its carcass was found in two parts, with one portion found on a hillock and another in the nearby bushes, they said.

According to forest officials, they had received reports about a tiger as well as a tigress roaming with her cubs in the forest areas adjoining Kervan and Kaliasot dams.

The officials had undertaken steps to catch the tiger and had deployed a cage with bait in the area, even though the efforts had proved futile.

The security staff of the National Judicial Academy had spotted the tiger some time back on their campus, but had failed to nab the animal despite efforts.

In view of the presence of the tiger in the vicinity of the state capital, forest officials had put up signboards in Kervan, Kaliasot and Kolar areas to warn people, especially those keeping domestic animals, not to venture into the forest areas, they said.

Forest officials suspect that the villagers might have cut the body of the dead tiger into two pieces to easily dispose it off.

The post-mortem of the animal was conducted in the presence of senior officials, sources said adding that the remains of the tiger would be consigned to flames.

(Agencies)

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