Pand­harkawada, In­dia

The Week (US) - - News 9 -

Killer tigers killed: Two man-eat­ing tigers have been killed in In­dia, trig­ger­ing protests by politi­cians and an­i­mal rights ac­tivists across the coun­try. Af­ter a mil­i­tary-style op­er­a­tion in­volv­ing hun­dreds of for­est rangers, hunters in cen­tral In­dia shot and killed a ti­gress last week that was be­lieved to have killed at least 13 vil­lagers over the past two years. The an­i­mal, which had two cubs, didn’t live in a des­ig­nated tiger re­serve, where it is il­le­gal to kill the big cats. But two days later, vil­lagers in north­ern In­dia used a trac­tor in a re­serve to crush a ti­gress that had fa­tally mauled a 50-year-old man. In­dia’s pop­u­la­tion of tigers has grown from 1,411 in 2006 to an es­ti­mated 2,500 to­day. “We have to think of a mech­a­nism of co­ex­is­tence,” said tiger re­searcher Bi­lal Habib. “Con­flicts are in­creas­ing day by day.”

She claimed 13 lives.

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