In Uttar Pradesh, the bodies of three tigers have been discovered in the span of just three days.
One dead tiger was found in the Kishanganj Sanctuary of the Dudhwa National Park, and the other two barely 300 meters from each other in the Haripur range of the Pilibhit district.
Four dairy farmers are being held for questioning in Pilibhit, according to NDTV.
Officials suspect the tigers were poisoned, due to ongoing human-tiger conflicts arising from diminishing tiger habitat, although killing for the black market has not been ruled out.
Over the weekend, at least eight suspected members of a wildlife trafficking gang were arrested in Madhya Pradesh.
Meanwhile, forest guards in Maharashtra have been cleared to shoot tiger killers on sight — without interference by human rights activists — following the discovery of a beheaded and mutilated tiger in the Chandrapur forest range.
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