A young dominant male tiger from Bor Tiger Reserve became the latest casualty of ‘killer highways’ after it was found dead after being knocked down by a vehicle around 7.30pm on Friday, on the Nagpur-Amravati Highway stretch around 40 kilometers away from Nagpur.While the forest department claimed that as per primary investigations the tiger seems to be T2 but the confirmation would only be given after a detailed study of the stripes pattern during the post-mortem. However, wildlife experts and photographers confirmed that the tiger was T2 who was also famously nicknamed as Bajirao and several photographers had clicked his image.Digamber Chable a wildlife lover claimed that the tiger was hit by a vehicle on a dark patch near Bazaargaon area and it seems that it died immediately. “It was a young tiger and it’s sad that Maharashtra is losing tigers who are in their prime to road accidents,” he said.Also readAssam Shocker: Five elephants mowed down by train Dr Anish Andheria, President, Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) who has been one of the strongest voice demanding proper mitigation measures near wildlife corridor took to social media stating, “T2 (called Bajirao) was the most dominant male tiger of Bor, holding a huge territory that extended all the way to Kalmeshwar, a forest patch over 30 km from Bor. He shuttled between the two forests, unaware that the road that he crossed often will take his life.” He also said that the NH6 cuts vital corridor between Bor and Melghat and despite repeated appeals by conservationists no mitigation structures were built on not only this but also most of our killer roads. Wildlife experts have been calling for the need to build elevated roads near wildlife corridors. “We only wake up when a Tiger or Elephant is dead after being hit by a vehicle or Train but one should understand that over 90% of roadkills are never reported. No one accounts for the smaller mammals and reptiles that die traumatic deaths after coming under speeding vehicles,” said a wildlife conservationist adding that wildlife lovers and experts now need to show their force to the Government and demand that first no road be built through an important wildlife corridor and if there was no other option it be allowed only after proper scientific mitigation measures are adopted.As per Tigernet- the official database of the National Tiger Conservation Authority a total of 17 tiger mortality has been reported in the year 2017 making this the 18 death in Maharashtra.
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