Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tigress kills 10th

LUCKNOW, India—A tiger prowling villages in northern India killed its 10th person in six weeks—a day after eluding a trap set by hunters with a live calf as bait.
The female tiger is believed to have strayed into the villages from Jim Corbett National Park, India’s oldest national park, which was established in 1936 to provide endangered Bengal tigers with safe territory.

The big cat’s latest victim was a 50-year-old man who was collecting firewood last night in the forest outside Kalgarh village in Uttarakhand state, according to Saket Badola, deputy director of the national park.
The animal ate parts of the man’s leg and abdomen before being scared away by villagers waving shovels and metal rods.
Hunters almost had nabbed the tiger a day earlier.
“On Saturday night, the tigress almost fell in trap and was close to the calf,” Badola noted.
“But she did not attack the bait and left silently.”
Reports that a killer tiger was on the loose began circulating Dec. 29, when a 65-year-old man was mauled in Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh state, across the border from Uttarakhand.
Since then, thousands of terrified villagers have been told to watch out for the animal and to avoid the forests.
The tiger has been on the prowl across an area spanning some 130 km.
“The animal has started attacking humans because it is not getting its natural prey,” said Rupek De, chief wildlife warden of Uttar Pradesh.
“The tigress must be tired because it is not getting adequate rest.”
He said the hunters hired to kill the animal were having trouble tracking it in dense forests.

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