After 53 days of active search by several forest officers with sniffer dogs, drones and trap cameras, the man-eater Pandharkawda tigress T1 of Yavatmal forest was shot dead by a sharpshooter on Friday in Ralegaon, Maharashtra. Regional Manager Nandkishor Kale said, “T1’s death occurred due to excessive internal bleeding and heart attack. A tranquilising dart was found on her left hind leg. A gun bullet injury was found on the left side of the chest.”
The tigress, who was Nicknamed Avni, was six-years-old with cubs up to a year old. Since 2013, the tigress had killed five people. However, her death came as a big disappointment for many who believe the tigress could have been captured alive.
Avid animal lover Jerryl Banait, who has filed many pleas in the HC and SC on T1, stated that he feels that the forest department did not follow the proper procedure. “Why did they dart her when it is prohibited to do so after sunset and before sunrise? Was there a veterinary doctor in the team? Who determined the tranquilisation dose and why did it not have the desired effect? Why was the tigress shot first when the Forest Department had sworn an affidavit in the court about capturing the cubs first and then the mother as cubs won’t be able to survive without their mother in the wild?”
Banait was not the only one asking this question. Many people have taken to social media to raise questions against the killing of the wild feline. While some mourn the loss of the animal, others question why the animal was killed instead of being tranquilised.
You will always be remembered #Avni. Brave soul RIP, think their should be another way of handling the situation but unfortunately this has happened. The case should be investigated again weather their was need to shot her or not? #SaveTiger pic.twitter.com/UuNXIw5O4J
— Raj.A.Dubey (@RajDube5) November 4, 2018
Why didn’t the govt relocated her in the zoo or other jungle with her Cubs??
she was not a killer, she was just following her natural instincts. #avni #Avnithetigress #NationalShame #Tigers pic.twitter.com/SqFK5U65oj
— Sachin Saraswat (@punditjikaladka) November 4, 2018
#Avni The land of tigers has no land left for tigers.
— Saurabh Singh (@Saurabh64322846) November 4, 2018
— Sonia Chopra (@SoniaChopra2) November 4, 2018
@SMungantiwar what will you get after killing the cubs? You got your land, can’t you just provide a safe place for the cubs. Or do you have some kind of under the table agreement with the trophy hunters? #SaveTheCubs #Avni #AvniTheTigress #AvniKilled
— Mouli Khulbe (@FMLfurever) November 4, 2018
— butilicious cage (@moonwalk7) November 4, 2018
#avni I am just so so sorry 💔 people are cruel.
— Priyadarshini (@Priyoritized) November 4, 2018
Is this how we take care of our national animal?!😔 RIP #Avni
— Sumanth (@iSumanth) November 3, 2018
India has so many #Wildlife conservationists & officials so many NGOs, so many intellectuals, why none able to stop this injustice occurred? This injustice is not just happened on #Avni but also forest. Environment and threat to all mankind. A shame to all in India.
— YangChenDolkar (@DolkarChenYang) November 4, 2018
In regards to the unpardonable killing of tigress #AVNI, I Just read a person’s post saying `but the ‘poor’ animal killed 13 humans!’ I am appalled because YOU HUMAN, you have a bigger and better brain, USE IT!… https://t.co/NOowpcGgDS
— UrbanHermit (@VijayDurbha) November 4, 2018
It’s time when Foreign Authorities should take over wildlife santuries from Indian Government, incidents of brutual killing is repetidly reported without any probe being started. Indians enroach habitat of animals then they kill animals for eating humans.
— Chandra Kirti Singh (@ChandraKirti01) November 4, 2018
I request the GoI and state govt of Maharashtra to nominate for Shourya Award for animals hunters nawab and his son 😡😡#Avni #Avnithetigress
RIP Supreme Court @BJP4India
ಯಾವ ಭೋಳಿಮಗ ಕೊಲ್ಲಲು ಆದೇಶ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದು😐 pic.twitter.com/oJFvsWXFlj
— ವಿಕ್ಕಿ ತಿಮ್ಮಯ್ಯ (@venkygouda19) November 4, 2018