Man-Eating Indian Tigress Dies of Electrocution


A tigress that killed four individuals in the West Indian state of Maharashtra died on Saturday, days after a court upheld an order to kill it.


The animal was electrocuted by a fence set up by a farmer to keep out wild boar, wildlife officials said.

Officials called off their hunt for the two-year-old tigress after they found its body by the fence.

Animal rights campaigners have criticised the forest department for failing to save the big cat.

Wildlife activists had confronted the shoot-to-kill order issued by the state forest department on 23 June, but the court rejected their appeal.


The tigress was first captured in July after killing two individuals and injuring four in the town of Brahmapuri, in Maharashtra.

It was set free in Bor Tiger Reserve later, but killed two more people.


India is home to 60% of the world’s tigers, which are endangered by loss of habitat and poachers who kill them for body parts used in traditional Chinese medicine.

With snowballing human encroachment into their reserves, tigers often compete for resources with nearby villagers, leading to encounters.

Tiger deaths have progressively gone up in recent years. In 2015, Indian officials reported 80 tiger deaths, compared to 78 in the previous year.

Most attacks on people are chance meetings gone wrong, and the victims are seldom dragged away as prey.

Nevertheless, a series of attacks on people in quick sequence is considered a tell-tale sign of a man-eater at work.



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