Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Man-eating tiger shot dead in India after massive hunt

Man-eating tiger shot dead in India after massive hunt

Avni, the tigress whose DNA has been linked to five of 13 deaths she has been held responsible for, was shot dead in Maharashtra's Yavatmal on Friday night, almost three months after forest officials launched a massive search operation.

A female tiger suspected of killing more than a dozen people across a span of two years has been shot dead in India, reports the BBC.

In September, the Supreme Court said that Avni could be shot on sight, prompting a flurry of online petitions.

Using the hashtag #Justice4TigressAvni, Gandhi wrote, "He has been doing this regularly and this is the third tiger being murdered besides several leopards and wild boars".

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Services of controversial private marksman Shafat Ali Khan was also hired by the forest department. City-based shooter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan's son Asghar Ali, a certified big game hunter and a big bore event champion, killed the beast. The choice of the shooter and the circumstances of Avni's death have faced criticism from animal rights activists.

Elsewhere, TV footage showed locals celebrating and distributing candies, saying they were relieved that the terror unleashed by the tigress was over.

Speaking to Firstpost, Meet Ashar, the lead emergency response coordinator for PETA India, said, "Avni was killed illegally satisfying a hunter's lust for blood, plain and simple, in possible contempt of court and in apparent violation of the Wildlife Protection Act and the guidelines of National Tiger Conservation Authority". Lawyer Tushar Mandlekar, who had moved the Supreme Court over the matter, demanded a probe by a special investigation team, reported the Hindustan Times.

We along with forester who was authorised for tranquillising reached at the spot and after some effort he shot dart at the tigress.

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For almost three months, 150 ground personnel, elephants and so-called expert trackers and shooters were on a hunt to find Avn as she had killed 13 people over the last two years in the region. She tweeted that Maharashtra minister Sudhir Mungantiwar had issued an order to have the tigress killed despite "several requests from many stakeholders" to not do so.

Maneka Gandhi, a staunch animal activist and part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet, accused the state forest minister of hiring a "trigger-happy shooter" to slay the tiger.

Endangered elephants and tigers kill on average one person a day, according to government figures. "When we plant trees, NGOs do not come forward and lend a helping hand", he said.

When queried about the two cubs of the deceased tigress, Mr. Mungantiwar said that the two were now almost 11 months old and capable of survival in the wild. "We could not have let humans die to save an animal".

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