Forest guards in north-central Assam's Orang National Park recovered the carcass of an adult Royal Bengal tigress on Tuesday.
It was the third tiger believed to have been poisoned this month by villagers adjoining the 78.81 sq km park, 150 km northeast of Guwahati.
Divisional forest officer Sushil Kumar Daila said the carcass of the 10-year-old tigress was found near the Panchnoi No 2 anti-poaching camp on the eastern edge of the park. "Foul smell in the
air led the forest guards to the tigress that died a few days ago," he added.
NEW DELHI: The country lost 197 tigers in the past three years with 2012 recording the highest number of 88 deaths, including 59 due to poaching, the Rajya Sabha was today informed.
In a written reply, environment and forest minister Jayanthi Natarajan provided the figures related to tigers poached
and deaths of big cats due to natural and other causes since 2010.