Forest officers have concluded that Bawariya-type jaw traps were used to poach the tigers in Palasgaon range in the buffer zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Maharashtra on Thursday (26-04-2012).
A sub-adult tiger was killed, while a full grown tiger was seriously injured after being caught in the traps on Thursday. The injured tiger was rescued in the wee hours of Friday and shifted to Nagpur for treatment. The poachers had laid three traps, two on separate tracks approaching the water hole and one on the bank of the waterhole itself. They had laid out thorny bushes besides the tracks to ensure the tigers walked along the clean track where they had laid the traps. Similarly, the bank of the waterhole was also matted with bamboo in such a fashion that the tiger could approach the water only from the place where the trap was laid.