Friday 28 December 2018

Woman mauled to death by Tiger in Rajasthan.

A Rajasthan woman has died after apparently being mauled by a Tiger, Panthera tigris, on Thursday 27 December 2018. Naroti Devi Koli, 62, from the village of Koli Mahalla in Sawai Madhopur District  went missing while washing cloths in a pool near a forest. When her absence was reported to local police, who followed a trail of bloodstained clothing into the forest till they found the woman's badly mutilated body. The matter has been raised with the Indian Forest Service, though as the incident took place within the boundaries of the Ranthambore National Park it is unclear what, if any, action will be taken.

Naroti Devi Kiol, 62, mauled to death by a Tiger inside the Ranthambore National Park on 27 December 2018. Times of India.

The Ranthambore National Park is home to a large population of Tigers, making it a major draw for tourists from both India and overseas. However, like other wild areas in India it is under pressure from the country's rising population, with more people living closer to the park each year, creating the possibility for conflict between people and animals.

Tigers are considered to be Endangered under the terms of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, with the Indian subspecies, Panthera tigris tigris, threatened by poaching, loss and fragmentation of habitat, with the result that the total adult Tiger population in India is currently thought to be about 3890 (up from about 1400 in 2006). As such Tigers are heavily protected in India, and the Indian Forest Service usually try to relocate Tigers that come into conflict with Humans to more remote areas, preferably within national parks, though the extent to which local people co-operate is variable, and where conflict occurs within national parks there is limited action that can be taken.

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