Another tiger killed in India after hunting controversy
LUCKNOW, INDIA - AFP
In the latest incident, a female tiger was beaten with sticks inside a protected forest by villagers who believed the big cat had attacked a local resident.
"The tiger was killed after being attacked by irate locals," Mahavir Kaujangli, the deputy director of Dudhwa reserve in Uttar Pradesh state, said Nov. 5.
"The body has been sent for postmortem examination and the report is awaited."
The 10-year-old tiger was believed to have mauled a man who later died of his injuries, local media reported.
It comes after another tiger was shot dead in the forests of western Maharashtra state on Nov. 2.
The months-long pursuit had already proven controversial, with animal activists unhappy a celebrated hunter had been recruited to shoot the mother of two cubs.
A member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet accused the state forest minister of acting illegally, and vowed to take legal action over the "ghastly murder" of the tiger.
Wildlife experts say human intrusions into tiger habitats, like roads and major construction projects, deprive the wild animals of the vast uninterrupted spaces they need to hunt.
Nearly 40 were killed in 2017, according to the non-profit Wildlife Protection Society of India.