After a month-long hunt Maharashtra Forest department gunned down man-eater tigress Avni, who devoured 13 humans over the last two years.
It happened Friday night at Pandharkawada-Ralegaon forest of Yavatmal district in Eastern Maharashtra.
The forest department shared details of the operation at press conference held today afternoon.
Wild life organisation claimed it was a clear case of violating wildlife act.
They alleged Avni had to be traced before the place could be acquired by a Corporate firm. In presence of the tigress the State machinery was not able to help the corporate firms in its acquisition of the land.
So, they gunned down the tigress and made way for the firm.
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Avni’s killing has stocked a huge controversy but some localities in Yavatmal were seen celebrating the Tigress’s death, by bursting fire crackers and distributing sweets.
As per Forest department Avni was six-year-old tigress mother of two Cubs. She was protecting her 10-month-old dependent Cubs in the vicinity of the Tippeshwar Tiger Sanctuary, since the past several weeks till she was shot down by a marksman, Nawab Ashgar Ali Khan.
Her carcass has been shifted to Nagpur’s Gorewada Rescue centre for an autopsy but her Cubs were missing.
Some wildlife activists said, “Maharashtra Forest department violates Apex Court directives.” As per Supreme Court; the forest department and officials were required to first tranquilise and trap her, but Friday evenings operation, she allegedly attacked the stalking team which shot her.
The forest department had deployed a team of over 100 people to make sure that the tigress and her Cubs would not wander close to nearby villages again. The forest department issued a shoot to kill her this year. The shoot to kill order was reportedly only to be used as a last resort. It was challenged in courts all the way to the Supreme Court.
In the mean time a Chnage.org petition to save tigress Avni that was signed by over 50,000 people said her death will lead to affect her two Cubs, as they are both two young to hunt and survive by their own.