Man-eater tiger Avni shot dead in Maharashtra, leaving 2 cubs orphaned

Avni, India’s most wanted tigress, believed to be responsible for 13 deaths in past two years was shot dead in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal last night.

Supreme Court had ruled in September that Avni or T1, as she is officially referred, could be shot on sight. Forest officials have been on her trail for nearly three months.

She was shot dead by sharp-shooter Asgar Ali, son of famous  shooter Nawab Shafat Ali, at compartment number 149 of Borati forest.

Urine of another tigress mixed with perfume was spread on patches of the compartment, following which Avni came along to sniff it.

She is survived by two cubs who are 10 months old.

The order to kill had drawn huge uproar from wildlife lovers.

“Criminal” record
DNA evidence links Avni to 5 of the 13 bodies found in the thickets of Pandharkawda. However there was confusion over the exact numbers after DNA of the only tiger, a male, in the area was found on one of the deceased.

Trap cameras, drones, pack of trained sniffer dogs and hang-glider were pressed into the massive operation to nail the tigress.

In Ocotber Wild life activist Jerryl A Banait moved Bombay High Court seeking stay on plans to kill the tigress and instead capture her live.

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