Five-year old tiger sentenced to life in captivity in Madhya Pradesh for being 'too dangerous'
The tiger has been blamed for killing three people and has been described as "too dangerous" to roam free by the officials.
A five-year old tiger has been sentenced for life in captivity after allegedly killing three people in Madhya Prades. According to officials, the big cat was "too dangerous" to be allowed to roam free.
The alleged "man-eater", hailing from western Maharashtra, had travelled more than 500 kilometres to reach Betul district of Madhya Pradesh in 2018. It was trapped in December and was held in captivity for two months.
Officials said that it repeatedly strayed and hunted near human settlements, attacking cattle and endangering humans.
"We gave it several chances to re-wild but it habitually went into human habitations," Madhya Pradesh's chief wildlife warden, S.K. Mandal, told a news agency.
"The only option left was to put it in captivity to ensure both the tiger and humans are safe."
The tiger -- dubbed the "vagabond" or "nomad" by some local media -- was eventually fitted with a tracking collar and shuttled between a tiger reserve and a national park. But it would come back near human settlements and was finally tranquilised and sent to a zoo in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal on Saturday.
The decision to capture the adult tiger was taken a few months ago, but was delayed due to the novel coronavirus lockdown.
"It will take sometime for him to adjust to the new environment. We will be monitoring his behaviour," Bhopal's Van Vihar National Park director, Kamlika Mohanta, told AFP.
"As of now it will remain in solitary confinement. A decision to put it on display at the zoo or send it to a (fenced) safari will be taken later."
Human encroachment on animal habitats have increased in recent decades in India, leading to deadly conflicts with the animals. This news comes a just a few days after nation-wide outrage against a pregnant elephant died in Kerala after biting into a trap laid out for wild boars.
Nearly 225 people were killed in tiger attacks between 2014 and 2019, according to government figures.
More than 200 tigers were killed by poachers or electrocution between 2012 and 2018, the data shows.
India is home to around 70 percent of the world's tigers. Last year, the government said the tiger population had risen to 2,967 in 2018 from a record low of 1,411 in 2006.