Tiger feared to have killed four India villagers in 12 days

An Indian Royal Bengal Tiger yawns as he rests in the water-pond inside an enclosure at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad on May 11, 2011. The Bengal tiger has been classified an endangered species and is the national animal of India. AFP PHOTO/Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

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A Bengal Tiger, similar to the one pictured, is being hunted in northern India after killing four villagers in 12 days. Wildlife officials are calling it ‘a maneater.’

Shoot-at-sight orders have been made against a wild tiger in northern India that’s believed to have killed four villagers in 12 days.

The tiger, whose most recent known victim was a woman in a village in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, has been described as “different” from other tigers with it appearing to be attacking only humans, the Telegraph India reported.

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“I declared it a maneater today,” Chief wildlife warden Rupak De told the paper on Thursday.

“Since December 26, it has killed five residents…. It has been attacking only humans. Conservation of wildlife being people-dependent, we cannot allow more losses of human lives. We are now in search of sharpshooters who can kill the tigress,” he said.

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State forest officials who announced the lethal order previously expressed hopes of driving the cat back into the Jim Corbett National Park, one of 27 reserves for the endangered Bengal tiger.

Bengal Tigers are protected as an endangered specifies with their numbers estimated as being less than 2,500 in the world.

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The Jim Corbett National Park is the home of some 200 tigers – a small piece of the 1,700 in India.

In 2012 another tiger mistakenly wandered too close to Uttar Pradesh, the BBC reported.

It took wildlife officials an exhausting three months to safely capture it with a tranquillizer dart.

In that incident no one was harmed.

ngolgowski@nydailynews.com


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