A tiger was killed by angry villagers in northern India who hit him with a tractor and put him to death after killing a man, officials said Monday.
According to reports, the tigress had attacked a 50-year-old man near the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Lakhimpur Khiri, Uttar Pradesh, who later died from his injuries.
The villagers crowded into the reserve, attacked the forest guards, stole their tractors, and ran across the ten-year-old tigress before stabbing them to death with sticks.
Brutal: Villagers living near the Tiger Reserve invaded the forest to track down the animal after killing a man in Uttar Pradesh, northern India
The shocking incident occurred only two days after another female tigress, Avni, who had killed 13 people, was brutally killed in a secret night operation without the presence of veterinarians and sedatives.
Ramesh Pandey, Field Reserve Director, said, "It is a clear case that a tiger is killed in cold blood.
All the defendants involved in the heinous act are put in jail.
"I have informed the biggest forest conservationist about this incident.
"We managed to get the body of the tigress out of the village, and the autopsy will be done on Monday by three doctors."
Officials said the tigress had never hurt anyone in the past and only attacked the victim when he entered the reserve forest when he made a shortcut to his village, which was in the buffer zone.
Attacked: Villagers claim that the man was arbitrarily attacked, while officials said he had invaded the reserve forest when he took a shortcut to his village
Mr. Pandey added, "The tigress had attacked the victim who had entered the forest area, which is a criminal offense.
"We will also book all the defendants who attacked the forest personnel and sacked the property of the forestry division and abused it to kill the tigress."
Killing a tiger in protected areas is illegal, and reserve director Ramesh Pandey said a case under the Wildlife Protection Act is being registered with the police against the perpetrators.
In April, villagers in the state of Nighasan beat up a tiger and severely injured the big cat.
Hunted: After locating the tigress, the villagers piled them into a corner and pushed them under the wheels of the tractor before being beaten to death with sticks
The tiger is India's national animal and is classified as endangered under the Wildlife Protection Act.
Government data from last year has shown that at least one person a day has been killed in the past three years in conflict with a wild tiger or elephant.
The human conflict with tigers has gradually increased since the 1970s, when India launched a tiger conservation program that triggered protected areas in national parks and made it a crime to kill a large cat.
Although the methods for counting tigers have changed, a census indicates that the population has risen from about 1,800 tigers in 2014 to 2,226.