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The curious case of the missing tigers...

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BHOPAL: Two tigers and two tigresses have not been sighted by wardens and tour operators at the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve for several weeks and even months, triggering fears that these endangered cats had fallen victim to voracious poachers or chased out of their territory by more aggressive tigers, officials and tour operators said on Monday. The reserve is home to 55 tigers.

 

Neither the famous blue-eyed tiger nor its pugmarks have been found after it was tranquilized for treatment and released on December 6, sources said. Other missing tigers are Mukunda (male) from November 2012, Mahaman (tigress) from January 2012, Joby (tigress) from October, all from Magdi range.

 

Tour operators and wildlife activists claim they have not seen the four for long but the head of the reserve warned against spreading fears. "I don't know why people spread such rumours. The big cats are in the range. We would send an official release tomorrow," said L K Chaudhary, director, Bandhavgarh tiger reserve.

 

"The tigers and tigresses were the most sighted and photographed ones. We have not seen any of the four for the past many days," said a tour operator wishing anonymity.

 

http://ow.ly/gQTb9 on iPad so can't post the full link sorry GW.

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Hope they show up. Please post again if anyone gets word they are still around.

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