A tigress who has died to a dead man in the last two years has shot dead in India.

T-1 official, what tracked down by Borati forest officials in Maharashtra state.

More than 150 people using them on the backs of elephants using infrared cameras, a paraglider, drones and sniffer dogs to capture the man-eating tigress.

The urine of another tigress and perfume were used to lure Avni to her hunters before she was killed, a police official told NDTV.

Friday night's shooting near the town of Pandharkawda has triggered controversy over the legality of Avni's killing.

Officials were required to tranquility and trap the tigress first under a ruling by India's supreme court.

However, she is said to have shot Ashgar Ali Khan, the son of India's most famous hunter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan.

Principal chief conservator of Forests A.K. Mishra told The Indian Express newspaper the team had managed to shoot a dart tranquilliser into the animals at around 11pm.

Ashgar to shoot in self-defense, he said. "The tigress lay dead in a single shot."

However, other Indian media reports contradict this version of events.

The Times of India quoted sources involved in the hunt as saying the dart had been fired into the tiger's corpse after the shooting.

Indian media thus reported officials had acknowledged that no vet was present during the hunt, as required by the court order.

Jerryl Banait, a vet and activist in Karnataka state who launched the appeals with the Earth Brigade Foundation and the National Tiger Conservation Authority, described the shooting as "cold-blooded murder".

"Avni was killed illegally satisfying a hunter's lust for blood," said the Indian branch of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group.

It said India's Wildlife Protection Act and National Tiger Conservation Authority had been flouted, calling for the matter to be "investigated and treated as a wildlife crime".

British actor and animal conservationist Dan Richardson, who had planned to stay in London on 11 November, said the fight to save the tiger's cubs must continue.

"We absolutely must ensure that Avni did not die in vain." He wrote on Facebook.

Avni's body has been taken to a zoo in the city of Nagpur for a post-mortem


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