'Man-eating' tiger shot dead in India after killing 9 people

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A tiger dubbed 'the Champaran man-eater' has been shot dead by Indian police after killing at least nine people, in a massive operation involving 200 people including backpack trackers elephant, officials said Sunday.  

The big cat had been terrorizing locals around Valmiki Tiger Reserve in Champaran, eastern India, killing at least six people for a month including a woman and her eight-year-old son on Saturday. 

Even before these last two deaths, authorities had labeled the tiger, believed to be a three- or four-year-old male, a “man-eater,” meaning it could be put down. 

Previous attempts to neutralize the animal had failed. 

“Two teams entered the forest on two elephants on Saturday afternoon and a third waited where we thought the tiger was going to come out, and we fired […] to kill it there,” Local police chief Kiran Kumar told AFP. 

While villagers were beating tin containers, it took the team of eight gunners and about 200 forest department personnel to complete the operation, Kumar said. forests and major wildlife routes, such as elephants and tigers, for increasing human-wildlife clashes in parts of India. 

< p>Nearly 225 people lost their lives in tiger attacks between 2014 and 2019 in India, according to government data. 

More as many as 200 tigers were killed by poachers or electrocution between 2012 and 2018, these statistics reveal. 

India is home to around 70% of the world's tigers, with 2,967 tigers in the country in 2018.