At the end of 40 days of nerve-wracking chase around the sugarcane fields near Ramnagar in Uttarakhand, a six-year-old man-eating tigress was killed in a joint operation by the Forest Department and local residents.
According to a report by NDTV, the tigress had developed a taste for human blood and killed two people and injured over four since September.
The tigress was shot over 10 times and her body was later recovered from a sugarcane field.
Forest rangers and officials had a hard time controlling the local crowd, who took the dead tigress' body and paraded it in their village.
Parag Madhukar Dhakate, Conservator of Forests, Western Circle, who led the search operation, told The Times of India:
"The tigress was spotted in the morning near a drain at Gorakhpur with the help of camera traps. Our team approached her with shooters mounted on three elephants."
The hunt for the man eater, reportedly involved over a 100 camera traps, along with hunting dogs, drones, a helicopter and a team of 150 personnel, including five shooters — as well as drum-beating locals.
The cost of the entire operation came to ₹1 crore.
Locally known as the 'Sugarcane Tigress' as she used to hide in sugarcane fields, the feline had created terror in the region. People stayed inside their homes after dark and children were not allowed to step out of the house unsupervised.
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