Villagers in northern India have crushed a tigress to death with a tractor after they killed a man, officials said Monday.

Forest officer Mahavir Kaujlagi said that villagers had circled around the tigress after he killed a man working on farmland late sunday, LOCAL TIME. When the tigress tried to escape, the villagers crushed it under the wheels of a tractor.

Villagers say the tigress so injured in an attack about 10 days ago.

The village is inside the core zone of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve at Lakhimpur Khiri area, some 250KM southeast of Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh.

Killing a tiger in protected areas is illegal, and the reserve's director, Ramesh Pandey, said he was a case under the Wildlife Protection Act.

In April, villagers in the state's Nighasan area beat up a tiger, causing serious injuries to the big cat.

The tiger is India's national animal and it is categorized as endangered under the Wildlife Protection Act.

Government last year showed at least one person.

The human conflict with tigers has been increased since the 1970s, when India started a conservation program that carved out sanctuaries in national parks and made it a crime to kill a big cat. Though the number of tigers has changed, the census estimates the population of about 1800 tigers then grew to 2226 in 2014.

– AP



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