Tiger Found Dead in Coffee Estate in Karnataka

A 13-year-old tiger was found dead in a coffee estate in the Virajpet range of Kodagu district, India. The injuries on the left paw and shoulder suggest it might have been involved in a territorial fight. The exact cause of death could be determined through a postmortem under the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) protocol. The tiger was in a conflict situation and was engaged in cattle killing regularly in the coffee estate and surrounding areas. Forest Department officials started tracking the tiger to prevent human injuries or death. The tiger was spotted three days ago limping near the coffee estate, and a search operation was conducted, including elephants and veterinarians. The tiger was found limping and was hoped to be captured. The post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted today, but the tiger’s injuries suggest a territorial fight with another big cat. The tiger was quite old and its canines were damaged, but the exact cause of death will only be determined after the post-mortem examination.

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