India sends 'man-eater' tiger to lifetime in captivity
New Delhi (AFP) - A tiger blamed for killing three people will spend the rest of its life in captivity, Indian offi als said Sunday, saying the big cat was "too dangerous" to be allowed to roam free.
The five-year-old male predator, also blamed for attacking cattle, had embarked on a trek more than 500 kilometres (310 miles) long from western Maharashtra state to central India's Betul district in Madhya Pradesh state in 2018.
"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 AFP.
"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 first trapped in December 2018 after its long journey and held in captivity for two months.
The big cat was eventually fitted with a tracking collar and shuttled between a tiger reserve and a national park.
Offi als however said it repeatedly strayed and hunted near human settlements, attacking cattle and endangering humans.
Finally the tiger was tranquilised and sent to a zoo in Madhya Pradesh capital's Bhopal on Saturday.
Offi als said the decision to capture the adult tiger was taken a few months ago, but was delayed due to the novel coronavir s lockdown.
"It will take sometime for him to adjust to the new environment. We will be mon oring 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 tiger habitats have increased in recent decades in the nation of 1.3 billion people, leading to deadly conflicts with the animals.
Nearly 225 people were killed in tiger attacks between 2014 and 2019, according to go nment figures.
More than 200 tigers were killed by poachers or rocution between 2012 and 2018, the data showed.
India is home to around 70 percent of the world's tigers. Last year, the go nment said the tiger population had risen to 2,967 in 2018 from a record low of 1,411 in 2006.
My house cats are in a lifetime captivity, they seem to like the gig.
Awesome about keep the tough tiger alive. Sad about the loss of human life.
So glad to hear they didn’t kill this beautiful creature.
Thank you for not killing this beautiful animal. When humans encroach on wild life areas, naturally wild life reacts by entering into human settlements and habitat.
What a beautiful animal.
Zoo = JAIL I am very sad for the human lives lost, but it's because we have taken away their territory and they do not have enough wild habitat.
in 40 years, the human population will swell to 50 billions and there will be no animals left
We need, need, need to start controlling population growth.
If I can choose to save just 1 tiger or 100 presters I would choose saving a tiger.
Well at least they didn't kill it.
Better to be in captivity than to be a rug on some floor.
It went into human habitation because humans invaded his habitat
He was framed by a Lion.
India is awesome! No wonder the vast majority of it’s inhabitants are vegetarian! Thank you for not killing this magnificent animal
Tiger lives matter!
The tiger isn't the problem, humans are.
i wish india would have sent the tiger to the us and let it roam the streets -he could have all the loer sandwiches he wanted
Did they name the tiger Tony?
It's the other way around....humans are too dangerous to roam around....
Seems India is more humane towards wild animals than even the U.S. where they will simply euthanize them rather than re-home.
More humane than most other countries would do.
Why not send humans to captivity because they are breeding uncontrollably?? Over population is the root cause for many problems humanity is facing now.
We could use him in the US to control and break up the prests.