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After 40-day hunt costing Rs 1cr, man-eating tigress of Ramnagar finally shot dead

The Times of India
Nainital
20 Oct 2016

NAINITAL: Bringing to an end a search that lasted over 40 days and involved expenses of nearly Rs one crore, the elusive man-eating tigress who was stalking the area near Ramnagar was finally shot dead by a forest department shooter in Gorakhpur village around noon on Thursday. According to forest officials, the tigress which was around six-years-old was shot three bullets-- in the head, stomach and front paw leading to her being killed instantly. After the news of the tigress being shot spread, hundreds of villagers reached the spot and paraded with the body. It was only after the intervention of the forest department that they were stopped.


Providing details of the shooting, Parag Madhukar Dhakate, conservator of forests, western circle, who had led the search operation, told TOI, “The tigress was spotted in the morning near a drain at Gorakhpur village with the help of camera traps. Our team approached the big cat with shooters mounted on three elephants. The animal was put down after a few hours of the operation.”


The tigress, in whose search a helicopter, drones, hunting dogs as well as a team of 150 personnel including five shooters were deployed, was also spotted on Wednesday evening by shooters who fired at her but she is believed to have escaped without being hit.


More than 100 camera traps were deployed to track the man-eater who had been dubbed the ‘Sugarcane Tigress’ because of its penchant for hiding in sugarcane fields. It had killed two persons and injured four in attacks that first began in September. Scared villagers in the area refused to step out of their homes after sunset and students were prevented from going to school because of fear of the big cat.


Elaborating on the reasons why an operation was mounted to kill the tigress, Dhananjai Mohan, additional principal chief conservator of forests, Uttarakhand, said, “An animal is declared a man eater after it has killed human beings repeatedly. If a man-eater is in the dense forest area and there is a possibility of it not digressing towards a human habitat, it can either be captured or shot. But in this case, the animal was on prowl in highly populated areas and had become a cause of terror for the local people. So it was necessary to put it down.”

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