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Killed man-eater tigress Avni leads to new controversy

Killed man-eater tigress Avni leads to new controversy

Avni, a deadly tigress believed to be responsible for the deaths of 13 people over the last two years, has been killed in Maharashtra's Yavatmal on Friday night.

As per the Supreme Court directives, the forest department and officials were required to first tranquilise and trap her, but in Saturday's operations, she allegedly attacked the stalking team which shot her.

Her carcass has been shifted to Nagpur's Gorewada Rescue Centre for an autopsy but her cubs were missing.

The question whether the tigress should be tranquillized or shot and killed reached before the Supreme Court in September.

The urine of another tigress and perfume were used to lure Avni to her hunters before she was killed, a police official told NDTV.

Earlier, Maharashtra forest department had hired private hunter Nawab Shafaat Ali Khan from Hyderabad to help track the elusive man-eating' tigress but failed to capture her. shooter Shafat Ali Khan had also commissioned a powered hang glider and invited his friend Arjuna awardee golfer Jyoti Randhawa with his two dogs to track down the tigress. Nicknamed T1, the Six-year-old tigress was the mother of two cubs.

The forest department issued a shoot-to-kill order for her this year.

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The operation came after almost three months of a massive hunt for the tigress undertaken with the help of trap cameras, drones, trained sniffer dogs and a hang-glider along with a team of forest department officials and spotters. "It's a musky smell that really makes them think about another competitor in the ecosystem or a potential mate", he said.

The undulated, pebbly and stony terrain of the area presented several challenges for the forest officials, forcing it to request trained elephants to track Avni.

Jerryl Banait, a vet and activist in Karnataka state who had launched appeals against the order, described the shooting as "cold-blooded murder".

DNA evidence links tigress Avni to 5 of the 13 bodies found in the thickets she inhabited. Justice BP Dharmadhikari and MG Giradkar at the Nagpur Bench of Bombay high court on 7 September disposed of the civil application seeking stay against orders to shoot Avni, known officially as T1 of Pandharkawda.

The count was at 2,226 in 2015, according to India's National Tiger Conservation Authority.

On the debate of man-versus-animals conflict, he said it was the duty of the government to end this conflict rather than kill the animals, hacking forest trees, even in Mumbai, in the name of improving infrastructure, and giving away 88 hectares of forest land for industrial use.


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