A bullet-riddled tigress’ carcass was discovered in Uttarakhand’s Corbett Tiger Reserve three days ago. An official said the forest guard shot the animal after it entered a village.
Late on Monday night, the tigress entered the Marchula bazar area of Almora, triggering panic among residents.
Several rounds were fired into the air first to scare off the big cat. Samir Sinha, chief wildlife warden, said the animal began to move closer to houses and shops instead of back into the forest.
As a result of Dhiraj Kumar’s firing, two pellets struck the tigress on its right thigh, resulting in its death.
The Kalagarh forest division has booked Kumar under the Wildlife Conservation Act and assigned him to the plain range office.
Apparently unable to hunt in a natural habitat, the tigress entered a populated area in search of easy prey, according to Corbett Director Dheeraj Pandey.