Chandrapur tiger that killed six shot dead

The tiger is believed to have killed six persons since February this year, three of them in this month.

Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | Published:August 19, 2014 8:58 pm

A problematic tiger, that allegedly killed six people, was shot dead on Tuesday by the sharp-shooters of Chandrapur police.

The end of the big cat came at around 6.30 pm when the shooting team tracked him in the forest under the command of Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) near Dongarhaldi village.

The tiger is believed to have killed six persons since February this year, three of them in this month.

Two days back, it had killed a man from the village forcing the Principal Chief Conservator o Forest (Wildlife) Sarjan Bhagat to issue the shooting orders.

“The tracking team had been after the tiger since Sunday and finally we found him hiding behind the bushes near a nullah. Attempt was made to tranquilise the tiger, but he had become so ferocious that he was attacking the tracking team. On a few occasions the team was saved by a whisker. Finally, our team managed to kill the animal,” said Chief Conservator of Forest (Chandrapur) Sanjay Thakre.

“He had become very dangerous as his behavior showed,” he added.

The tiger is a full-grown male as against the earlier perception of it being a sub-adult male moving with a sibling and the mother.

Incidentally, this is the third tiger to have been shot dead in Vidarbha since 2007 following serial fatal attacks by the animals on humans. Two of them were from Chandrapur and one from Gondia district.

The Indian Express was the first to unravel the phenomenon of growing man-animal conflict in Vidarbha in 2007. Since then the fatal tiger and leopard attacks have crossed the 100 mark. Most of the  attacks have been in Chandrapur, home to about 100 tigers and many leopards.

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  1. K
    K.D.
    Sep 4, 2014 at 9:47 pm
    "The Indian Express was the first to unravel the phenomenon of growing man-animal conflict in Vidarbha in 2007"... Wow!!! You guys just don't want to miss any chance of self-praise! It actually lowers your credibility when a big newspaper like you blows your own trumpet in such articles. I wonder how the senior editors allow such lines instead of removing them during reviews.... This is an attempt at cheap publicity guys...
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      Big
      Aug 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm
      This is VERY wrong. People have encroached on the tiger's territory for the last 100 years. The poor tiger has had to do with less and less jungle where it can live, breed, and support itself through hunting. If you take that away from the tiger what does the animal have left to survive? Tiger is the symbol of India, and once the last tiger in the wild is shot, which may not be too far away, India will have lost a defining symbol. Never to return.
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      1. V
        Venki
        Aug 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm
        so what about human encroachment?? kill the tigers and leopards... so that we can encroach more into their space ... good job ... kill them all ,,,,
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