Karnataka, India — A tiger from the Bandipur tiger reserve has been captured that is believed to have killed at least three villagers over the past week in the Indian state of Karnataka.
The tiger has been shot with tranquilizers and put in a cage, C Srinivasan told the BBC Hindi.
A fourth killing in recent days is being blamed on another tiger.
The killings have created tension in some 20 villages in the area.
On Wednesday angry farmers vandalized forest department offices and set fire to two jeeps over the time it took to capture the tiger, and demanded compensation from the department for the families of the three victims.
Authorities had been searching for the tiger with the aid of elephants, and a shoot to kill order was announced by officials early this week.
Legislative council member MC Nanaiah speculated that the tiger may have been previously wounded by a poacher and had developed a taste for human blood, observing that “Once tasted blood, you cannot capture tiger and put it cage. It has to be killed,” according to reports.
It is unclear as to why the authorities ended up capturing the tiger rather than killing it as authorized.
The Bandipur tiger reserve in Karnataka state is one end of a huge forest sanctuary that cuts across three states of southern India. The park spans an area of 874 square kilometers (337 sq mi), protecting several species of India’s endangered wildlife. There are 53 tiger reserves in India which are governed by Project Tiger and administered by the National Tiger Conservation Authority.