Majik tribals killed tiger after it got trapped in wire snare
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Last Updated: Friday, February 12, 2010, 21:18
Panaji: The investigations into a tiger poaching case in Goa has revealed that the big cat was shot dead by tribals of Majik community after trapping it into a wire snare.

The state forest department, which is investigating the case, in its probe report has reconstructed the entire sequence of incidents that led to the killing.

"Three women were amongst the half a dozen Majik community members, who witnessed the killing, which happened in February last year. While two main accused shot the tiger to death after trapping it in wire snare, others witnessed the cold blooded killing sitting atop a tree fearing that the tiger may jump on them, the report said.

A Royal Bengal Tiger was killed at Keri in February last year and the incident was brought to light in April after a picture of the dead animal was published in a local newspaper.

"The group of villagers fearing the aftermath later burnt the tiger by dragging it for almost 250 metres in the same cashew plantation," the probe further stated.

A senior forest department official said that killing might not have been exposed, if not for the act of one of the local enthusiastic youth to click the dead tiger on his mobile.

Forest department officials stated that it took almost one and half month for the forest officials to locate the spot, which is bordering Mhadei wildlife sanctuary in state's Sattari taluka.


First Published: Friday, February 12, 2010, 21:18

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