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Indian conservation authorities are investigating the death of a tiger that was crushed by an earthmover in a bungled operation by rescue workers to move the animal back to a wildlife park in northern India.
Officials from the National Tiger Conservation Authority on Tuesday questioned officials from the Corbett wildlife park, a local zoo and villagers in the Himalayan foothills to determine what caused the tiger’s death.
Forest rangers tracked the tiger and tranquilized it. The tiger appeared to have been crushed when the rescuers used an earthmover to try to scoop up the big cat to return it to the Corbett reserve forests.
India is home to about two-thirds of the world’s wild tigers, with about 2,500. Shrinking tiger habitats due to rapid urbanization and the destruction of forests are increasingly bringing humans and wild animals into conflict.
Of the 120, 31 tigers were killed by poachers while 48 deaths were due to old age and natural causes. The remaining deaths are being investigated by wildlife experts, Dave said.