Goa poaching case: Forensic report confirms tiger`s remains

Last Updated: Monday, February 8, 2010 - 18:04

Panaji: The investigations into Goa`s tiger
poaching case got a boost with forensic report confirming that
the remains collected from a plantation were of a striped cat.

Chief Conservator of Forest Dr Shashi Kumar told
reporters that Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India
(WII) has confirmed that the sample matches to that of a
tiger.

"One of the seven samples has matched. Seven samples were
found of which the sixth one matched to that of a tiger. Even
if one matches it proves that the animal is a tiger," he said.

The state forest department, which received the report
two weeks back, had maintained uncanny silence over it until a
local English newspaper leaked the report last week.

The final report which was received by deputy conservator
of forest (North division) G T Kumar has overruled the
preliminary report, which had raised doubts on whether the
animal remains found in a cashew plantation of Keri village
were really of tiger.

Environmentalists in the state had protested the WII`s
first report which had said that the samples did not match to
that of a tiger.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 8, 2010 - 18:04

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