A tiger was found dead on Saturday morning at a farmland near a village in this district of Madhya Pradesh, a forest official said.

In-charge Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF), Shahdol, CL Chaturvedi said the carcass was found at a farm owned by one Ayodhya Pande and located 8-10km from Devara village.

The village falls under Jaisingh Nagar range of the North Forest Division of Shahdol.

The farmer spotted the carcass at around 9 am and informed the forest officials.

Chaturvedi said the tiger was aged around five but the cause of its death was not yet known.

A team of veterinary doctors and wildlife experts has been dispatched to the spot, which has been cordoned off, he said.

A dog squad has also been rushed to the spot, said Chaturvedi.

“The reason behind the tiger’s death was not yet clear. The doctors would examine the carcass and then only the cause of the death would be known.”

According to wildlife experts, Madhya Pradesh registered 28 tiger deaths in 2017, down from 33 in 2016.

The state houses half a dozen tiger reserves and prominent among them are Kanha, Panna, Bandhavgarh and Pench.