INEWSBC | Indian authorities are searching for a man-eating tiger that has claimed its eighth victim in the space of two years.
On October 5, a 70-year-old farmhand named Maroti Pendor went into the forest to gather firewood. When he didn’t come back, his family and other villagers from Khambada, Maharastra, went out looking for him.
They found his clothes barely 200 meters beyond the treeline, then his leg, his head, and part of his shredded torso as they got deeper into the forest but the rest of his body was gone, local media reported.
He had become the latest person to be mauled to death by Rajuri Tiger One (RT1), an 8-year-old male who prowls the Tadoba National Park forests in the Chandrapur district, home to 175 tigers.
Also known as the Tiger of Rajura, he has killed eight people and injured three others since January 2019, most of whom were also farm workers who had gone looking for firewood, according to reports.
It has brought the total of fatal tiger attacks in the district up to 27 as human settlements and industry encroach into the tigers’ natural habitat and creating conflict, local media reported.
Hunters armed with tranquilizers have not yet been able to capture RT1 despite urgent calls from politicians, including a seven-day ultimatum from Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Subhash Dhote.
Village Head, Malesh Atram, said: “The forest department has four teams but only two shooters; the lack of shooters means it is taking too long to capture the tiger,” local media reported.
Nitin Kakodka, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) also renewed calls for the capture of the Tiger of Rajura for the fourth time since January this year.