A man-eater tiger in Indian state Madhya Pradesh blamed for killing three people will spend the rest of its life in captivity, according to Indian officials, saying the tiger was ‘too dangerous’ to be allowed to roam free.
The five-year-old male cat had embarked on a trek more than 500 kilometres long from western Maharashtra state to central India’s Madhya Pradesh state in 2018.
“We gave it several chances to re-wild but it habitually went into human habitations,” Madhya Pradesh’s chief wildlife warden, S.K. Mandal, told.
“The only option left was to put it in captivity to ensure both the tiger and humans are safe.”
The big cat was first trapped in December 2018 after its long journey and held in captivity for two months.
The big cat was eventually fitted with a tracking collar and shuttled between a tiger reserve and a national park.
However, officials said repeatedly strayed and hunted near human settlements, attacking cattle and endangering humans.
Finally the tiger was tranquilized and sent to a zoo in Madhya Pradesh capital’s Bhopal.
“It will take sometime for him to adjust to the new environment. We will be monitoring his behaviour,” Bhopal’s Van Vihar National Park director, Kamlika Mohanta said.
“As of now it will remain in solitary confinement. A decision to put it on display at the zoo or send it to a (fenced) safari will be taken later.”
Nearly 225 people were killed in tiger attacks between 2014 and 2019, according to government figures.
More than 200 tigers were killed by poachers or electrocution between 2012 and 2018, the data showed.
India is home to around 70 percent of the world’s tigers. Last year, the government said the tiger population had risen to 2,967 in 2018 from a record low of 1,411 in 2006.