Bhubaneswar: Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Sandip Tripathy on Monday clarified that the carcass recovered from Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Bargarh district was not of a Royal Bengal tiger but a leopard.
In a statement to media, the PCCF mentioned that the postmortem report revealed that the decomposed carcass was of a 2-3 weeks old leopard. He also stated that the forest department has launched a detailed probe into the incident.
He further said that the carcass had been sent to the forensic laboratory in Dehradun to ascertain the cause of the death of the leopard.
Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray, in a statement to the media, also said that the forensic team confirmed that the carcass of a leopard was buried after its death.
Earlier on Sunday, the decomposed carcass was found in a forest near Khajuria village in Bargarh district. It was suspected that the remains were of a Royal Bengal tiger.
The head of the animal was severed, while its nails and teeth were missing.
Though the actual reason behind the death of the animal is unknown, it is suspected that it was killed by poachers for its nails and teeth.