Monday, May 30, 2005

Train runs over tigress at Dudhwa

This is the third instance of a big cat being run over in the national park, the only one in Uttar Pradesh, which has about 140 tigers, a forest officer said. Elephants have also met with a similar fate, he added, citing the running over of three cubs by a goods train last June.

Big cat lovers had made a big noise in 1987 after eight tigers were found poisoned in the Dudhwa park and two run over by trains. They had demanded that the tracks be removed as trains made it easier for poachers to access the park.

It is when they are crossing the tracks to drink water that the animals get run over. Says Billy Arjan Singh, rightly, if the tigers die, the forests will too.

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