Jim Corbett: Tiger dies in territorial fight

In a sign of the thriving tiger population in and around Jim Corbett National Park, a tiger died today after sustaining serious injuries in a turf struggle with another tiger in Ramnagar forests, a territorial forest division of the Corbett Tiger reserve. The death of a tiger in a turf struggle in the territorial forest division is another indication that the surrounding forests are also packed with tigers and there is no more space left for new ones. Tigers by nature have their own territories. It often results in territorial struggle among them as a large population of tigers in a particular forest patch results in more claimants for the same piece of territory, leading to struggle. Often, young tigers shoo away older tigers which either have to migrate to newer areas or at times, get killed in the struggle. Sometimes, the struggle also takes place between the same age groups in which the strong one overpowers the weak. The tiger found dead in Teda range of Ramnagar forest division today was injured after a fight with another tiger as part of a territorial struggle. It is a well established fact that the tiger population in Corbett National Park has been on the rise and is now up to the optimum levels. The tiger density in Corbett, as per the latest All-India Tiger Census report, reveals that there are 18 tigers per a hundred square kilometer area of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, which is the highest density of tigers anywhere in the world. The All-India Tiger Census report said Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand continued to be one of the most important habitats for tigers in the state and had more than 200 tigers, with the region already witnessing territorial struggle among tigers due to space crunch. But the death of the tiger has revealed that even the territorial forest division are bursting on their seams as far as tiger population was concerned. Those engaged in tiger studies are of the view that territorial struggle among tigers was a natural phenomenon. “A tiger does not allow any other tiger to venture into its territorial limits, that is a radii of two km and if it so happens, it leads to struggle,” Hem Singh Gehlot, a zoologist, said. Exploring new areas as tiger habitat was the only solution under such circumstances to ensure that the spill over population of tigers got adequately adjusted to newer areas, Gehlot added.

Source: Tribuneindia. com