A tiger that allegedly killed 13 people in two years has been shot dead in India. Forest officials said the tigress, along with her cubs, had consumed 60 per cent of a human corpse, which ultimately led to the decision of declaring her as a "man-eater" and the passing of orders to kill her on sight.
In 2016, a six-year-old man-eater tigress which had killed several people in Nainital district of Uttarakhand was shot dead after an intense search operation which had lasted for over 40 days. Trained sniffer dogs, trap cameras, drones and a hang-glider, expert trackers, sharp-shooters and around 200 ground personnel were roped in for the task, he said. He has taken part in around 25 operations of man-animal conflict, and in five cases, he tranquilised the wild animals. He also said the tiger was killed as a last resort.
Animal rights activists have also expressed concern over Avni's being shot and not tranquilised.
A police official said, "Avni was shot dead by sharp-shooter Asgar Ali, son of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali, at compartment number 149 of Borati forest under the jurisdiction of the Ralegaon police station".
The PCCF order had stated that tigress' cubs should be tranquillised first, as opposed to the CCF order which said the big cat should be tranquillised first.
Elsewhere, TV footage showed locals celebrating and distributing candies, saying they were relieved that the terror unleashed by the tigress was over.
As such, the Times report says: "Villagers in the area erupted in joy when they heard about her death, shooting off firecrackers, passing out candies and pumping their fists in the air". The staff started alerting the passersby about the presence of the tiger. Hit by a bullet, the tigress fell on the spot.
"In a reflex action of self-defense, the shooter fired from a distance of 8 to 10 meters".
In a series of tweets and a press statement targetting Mungantiwar on Sunday, Maneka wrote: "I am deeply saddened by the way the tigress Avni has been murdered by a professional anti-national killer at the behest of the minister in Yavatmal, Maharashtra".
According to a letter written by the chief conservator of forests to principal conservator of forests A.K. Mishra, who had hired Khan, the hunter chose not to cooperate with forest department officials right from the beginning, and instead went on speaking to the media - despite orders that prohibited him to do so.
The cologne, tested with success on jaguars at the Bronx Zoo, got spritzed in areas of the western state of Maharashtra where the killer tigress was suspected of hiding.