This is suspected to be one mean tigress.
A man-eating tiger on the prowl in northern India has claimed its ninth victim, defying hunters and wildlife officials who have been trying to gun down the animal, an official said Friday.
Since December 29, the same big cat is believed to have been on a killing spree in a densely forested area near Jim Corbett National Park in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Salil Shukla, an official in the district of Bijnor, told AFP that the partly eaten body of a young farmer had been found on Friday.
Shades of the Beast of Gevaudan. They try to kill it but can’t, it keeps killing.
Tigers are protected but the state has allowed permits for a few hunters to track this particular animal. Villagers are terrified. Children are not allowed to venture far, especially from dusk to dawn. There are many accounts of man-eating tigers, lions and leopards. It is not that unusual to have an individual who loses fear of humans and develops a habit of killing them.
As this piece, India’s Man-Eating Tigers, from Time notes: When Tigers and People Live Too Closely Together, Everyone Loses — Forced into ever decreasing habitats, India’s tigers have been attacking and killing humans. It’s kind of our fault. We don’t make good neighbors for each other these days.