Villagers run over tigress, brutally beat it to death after it attacked man who illegally entered reserve
A group of people barged into the reserve and attacked the tigress after a 50-year-old man died in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in India over the weekend
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A group of angry villagers in northern India reportedly killed a tiger by running over the animal with a tractor and beating it to death after it killed a man, officials on Monday said.
Reports state that the female tiger attacked a 50-year-old man near the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in the state of Uttar Pradesh over the weekend. The man reportedly succumbed to his injuries.
Shortly after the attack on the human, a group of villagers barged into the reserve, attacking the forest guards present in the area. They then stole the tractors belonging to the guards and ran over a ten-year-old tigress before beating the animal to death with sticks, according to the Daily Mail.
The incident comes just two days after another female tiger was brutally killed in the country in a secret night operation. Reports state that people decided to kill the female tiger, Avni, after they suspected she killed at least 13 people.
Villagers in northern India have crushed a tiger to death with a tractor after it killed a man, despite the tiger living in a wildlife reserve, officials say. https://t.co/7tuVQzDHit— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 5, 2018
The field director of the Uttar Pradesh tiger reserve, Ramesh Pandey, said: "It is a clear case of a tigress being killed in cold blood. All the accused involved in the heinous act will be sent to jail. I have informed the principal chief conservator of forests about this incident. We have managed to retrieve the body of the tigress from the village and the autopsy will be done by a panel of three doctors on Monday."
Officials said that the tigress had not injured any human in the past and had only attacked the man after he intruded into the reserve forest in an attempt to take a shortcut to his village.
"The tigress had attacked the victim, who was trespassing the forest area, which is an offense. We will also book all the accused for attacking forest staff and looting the forest department's property and misusing it for killing the tigress," the field director added.
Another #Tiger #NationalPride mercilessly killed by villagers with a tractor seized from @UpforestUp officials in #Chaltua #Mailani #KishanpurTigerSanctuary #UttarPradesh she injured a man when he ventured into the jungle. We need a special team for ever rising #ManAnimalConflict pic.twitter.com/FwN93fm2Ax— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) November 4, 2018
Pandey said that killing a tiger in protected areas in India is illegal and a case has been registered with the police against the offenders under the Wildlife Protection Act.
According to the government's data released last year, there has been a significant increase in the human conflict with tigers since the 1970s, when India began its tiger conservation program.
In April, villagers in the another part of the country beat up a tiger, causing serious injuries to the big cat. Tiger is India's national animal and it is categorized as endangered under the Wildlife Protection Act.