A court in India’s western state of Maharashtra has upheld an order to kill a two-year-old tigress responsible for killing four people.
The tigress was first captured in July after killing two people and injuring four in the town of Brahmapuri, in Maharashtra.It was set free in Bor Tiger Reserve, but has since killed two more people.
Dr Jerryl Banait, who opposed the order to shoot the big cat says that he would challenge the verdict in India’s Supreme Court.
Forest officials who have been tracking the animal, which is named Kala, said it has covered more than 500km since entering the reserve on 29 July.
India is home to 60% of the world’s tigers, which are threatened by loss of habitat, and poachers who kill them for body parts used in traditional Chinese medicine.With increasing human encroachment into their reserves, tigers often compete for resources with nearby villagers, leading to conflict.