Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Tiger shot dead after 'killing 13 people' in India

Tiger shot dead after 'killing 13 people' in India

Dr Jerryl Banait, who approached the Supreme Court against the September 4 shoot-at-sight order of the state forest department, alleged the tigress was shot dead without any effort to tranquillise her.

In August the tigress and her two nine-month-old cubs killed three people in the area around the town of Pandharkawada in Yavatmal district and left more than 5,000 residents fearing for their lives.

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. "However, due to dense forest and darkness, they were unable to do so and finally a bullet was sacked in which the tigress fell on the spot", the official said.

T1 was shot by Hyderabad-based sharp shooter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan's son Asgarh around 11 pm. "We didn't want them to eventually become enemies of wildlife", Mr Mungantiwar said. "We are still thankful to them for taking all the best measures, and we feel that the two cubs that are roaming on the landscape should also be captured by tranquilising to prevent man-animal conflict".

Broadcaster NDTV said Avni was killed after a huge operation involving sniffer dogs, trip cameras, nearly 200 people and even a hang glider.

'Avni was killed illegally satisfying a hunter's lust for blood, ' said the Indian branch of the PETA.

The urine of another tigress and perfume were used to lure Avni to her hunters before she was killed, a police official told NDTV.

The forest department maintained that the big cat was responsible for at least nine deaths.

The big cat was blamed for 13 deaths since June 2016 but animal activists said she was trying to protect her young. Once the team was certain of the tigress' identity after having seen it "for fraction of the time", but "several times", one member, identified as Sheikh, attempted a dart that hit it but the tigress moved back and charged the team which was in an open Gypsy.

"In a reflex action of self-defense, the shooter fired from a distance of 8 to 10 meters". The tigress died on the spot.

Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Sunday said the shooting of "man-eating" tigress Avni in Maharashtra was "patently illegal" and a "ghastly murder". 'The tigress lay dead in a single shot'. She said it was "nothing but a straight case of crime", and vowed to take up the matter with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Shafat Ali Khan, who was first given permission to shoot the tigress, could not be reached on phone for his comments as there was no official word if his son was also allowed to shoot the animal.

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