A man-eater tigress named Avni that had allegedly killed at least 13 villagers in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal over the last one-and-a-half years, was shot dead near Borati-Warud area late on Friday night after a massive hunt that involved over 200 personnel.
The six-year-old tigress and her two cubs were blamed for the killings in Pandharkawda and Ralegaon regions, triggering unrest among locals.
A shoot-at-sight order had been issued by the state’s principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF) last month and was endorsed by the Supreme Court.
Nawab Shafath Ali Khan, the sharp-shooter, who was engaged in the operation to tranquilise the tigress, had gone to Bihar, where he is member of state wildlife board. In his absence, his son Asghar Ali, who is a tracker, sighted the tigress on Friday night.
Initially, Ali had fired a dart from a tranquilising gun. On being hit by the dart, the tigress roared loudly and charged at him, following which he shot it dead in self-defence.
It happened in forest compartment No. 149 of Borati-Warud area at 11.45 pm, the Nagpur-based wildlife wing said.
The post-mortem will be conducted at Nagpur’s Gorewada Rescue Centre, the wildlife wing said.
AK Mishra, the principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife) and state wildlife warden, said that the tigress was killed on the spot.
As soon as the news spread, the top officials of the forest department a...