Stray man-eater tiger shot in Uttar Pradesh

February 8th, 2009 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) A young tiger which was declared a man-eater has been shot in Uttar Pradesh’s Kumarganj area in Faizabad district — but it is yet not confirmed if it has died, an official said Sunday.
The tiger was shot near the Kamakhya Devi temple in Kumarganj area late Saturday evening, but it ran away into a nearby forest. A search was launched Sunday morning to determine if the animal had died or was still alive, the official said requesting anonymity.

The tiger had killed a villager in the area and has been hiding in Rudauli and Kumarganj forest ranges of Faizabad district. Forest officials have been trying to hunt it down after the animal was declared a man-eater.

The local residents who were in a state of fear due to the presence of the tiger in their area have been demanding that the authorities kill the animal.

The tiger had strayed out of its habitat in Pilibit district some three months ago.

A massive hunt was launched at first to capture the animal alive, but later on, a shoot-at-sight order was issued after it killed the villager.

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