Bihar Forest Authorities on Saturday issued a shoot-at-sight order against a man-eater tiger in Valmiki Tiger Reserve in West Champaran district. Orders for killing a tiger are issued as per procedure when it’s established that the tiger is accustomed to living in human habitation. The tiger has so far claimed nine lives.Also Read – Man-Eating Tiger That Killed 10 Shot Dead In Bihar
A rescue team from Hyderabad and another from Patna are searching for the elusive tiger. A team of sharpshooters, trackers and veterinary experts are looking for the tiger for the past 6 days but the tiger is still nowhere to be seen. Also Read – Man-eater Tiger That Killed Eight People Captured in Maharashtra's Chandrapur District
“The tiger is of about 3.5 years old and has been killing people in the area since September 12. The Bihar government has given the order to shoot the tiger at sight which has become dangerous for the local people”, a forest official involved in the operation told local media persons. Also Read – Bengaluru: Man-eating Tiger on Loose; Drones, Elephants Deployed to Trace it
The shooting order comes in the wake of growing public wrath.
Valmiki Tiger Reserve is the only national park in Bihar with a tiger population of 40.