A ten-year-old male tiger was found dead near Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu.
Forest officials said that the tiger was found near a waterfall at Pazhamputhoor village in Kodaikanal.
Following the incident, a team of forest officials led by district forest officer D Venkatesh along with two veterinarians rushed to the spot to conduct a post-mortem, according to TOI.
The officials said that the reason could only be found after the post-mortem. One of the officers said that it could be a case of killing by villagers after the tiger killed cattle. An officer told TOI, "Most of the time, cattle owners pour insecticides on tiger kills, which could ultimately kill the big cats. A cattle owner gets a compensation of up to Rs 10,000 from the state government after an assessment by a qualified veterinarian," the officer said.
The forests in Kodaikanal are part of Palani Hills which are connected to Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, in the Western Ghats known as Anaimalai, according to NDTV.
The forest officials predicted that about six tigers are present in the forests of Kodaikanal.