Hours after a tiger of Pombhurna in Chandrapur district was suspected to have killed its sixth victim on Sunday, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), Wildlife, Sarjan Bhagat issued orders to shoot the animal.
Following the orders, a team of sharpshooters has reached the spot.
On Sunday afternoon, Dattu Dhole (35) of Dongarhaldi village was mauled by a tiger in the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra’s (FDCM) compartment 516.
Soon after the incident, forest officials reached the spot and assessed that the tiger, suspected to be behind five killings since February, had attacked the victim.
Chandrapur Chief Conservator of Forest Sanjay Thakre sought permission to shoot the animal that was previously sought to be tranquilised and captured. Bhagat issued the orders considering the fact that the department had exhausted all available options.
This is the third tiger ordered to be shot in Vidarbha and second in Chandrapur district ever since the man-tiger conflict started growing in 2007.
Home to about 100 tigers, Chandrapur’s first big cat was ordered to be shot tiger at Talodhi in 2007 after it killed four people in a month.
The second case was of a young tigress that was shot last year in Gondia district after it killed five women in a span of 20 days.
The Pombhurna tiger was earlier presumed to be part of a tiger family moving together but was later found out to be a single animal.