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.
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“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.