Tigress, responsible for 13 deaths, killed in Maharashtra
Tigress Avni, believed to have been responsible for the deaths of at least 13 people in Maharashtra in the past two years, was shot dead last night in Yavatmal as part of an operation. The tigress, T-1, as she was known officially, was "shot dead by sharp-shooter Asgar Ali, at compartment no-149 of Borati forest under the jurisdiction of Ralegaon police station," cops said.
The hunt for Avni started in September this year
In September this year, the Supreme Court had said Avni could be shot at sight, which prompted a flurry of online petitions seeking pardon for the tigress. For more than three months, Forest Department officials were planning to catch her with the help of trained sniffer dogs, trap cameras, drones and a hang-glider, expert trackers, sharp-shooters and around 200 ground personnel.
The trap set for Avni had urine of another tigress
To set the trap, officials used "Urine of another tigress and American perfume, following which Avni came by sniffing it." A police officer added, "The forest-officials initially tried to nab her alive. However, due to dense forest, they couldn't and finally, a bullet was fired in which the tigress fell on the spot." Avni was rushed to a Nagpur hospital but was declared dead.Share this timeline