An adult tiger was found dead in Bandipur National Park by forest officials on Friday morning, setting off alarm over the dwindling big cat population in the region.
The carcass of the tiger was found in Kalkeri range near Mavinahalla in Yedihalla division, officials said.
They, however, ruled out any foul play as there were no external signs of injury nor any trace of poison in the stomach. The claws and paws of the big cat were also intact. "Preliminary investigations suggest the tiger, aged around 9 years, must have died due to fever owing to an infection in its mouth and maggots,'' principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) B K Singh said, adding that the exact cause of death would be known after postmortem.
Veterinary doctors visited the spot and collected the viscera for further investigations . They indicated that the tiger might have starved to death, having failed to hunt due to the infection.
Singh will visit Bandipur on Saturday to inquire into the tiger's death.