Bengal Tiger Kills 10th Victim, Gets Away

Terrified villagers in northern India are getting fed up
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2014 6:40 PM CST
In this March 28, 2011 file photo, a Royal Bengal tiger cools off in the water at a zoo in Hyderabad, India.    (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A, file)

(Newser) – Yet another villager died by tiger-attack in northern India yesterday, and officials are trying to figure out just how many tigers are out there eating people, Fox News reports. The new victim—the 10th in 6 weeks—was a 50-year-old man collecting firewood when the tiger ate parts of his leg and abdomen. Villagers scared it off with metal rods and shovels, but it was too late. "People rushed to his rescue on hearing his screams," park official Samir Sinha told the Times of India. "But he was dead by the time they got there."

More than one killer tiger may be emerging from Jim Corbett National Park, which was set up in 1936 to give endangered Bengal tigers a safe place to live. "We are not rushing to any conclusion," said Sinha. "Our priority would be to establish the identity of the tiger." Reports of a killer tiger have been circulating since a 65-year-old man was killed in December, and villagers are so fed up that they seized a forestry office yesterday—but nothing has changed as yet. Hunters nearly captured a tiger Saturday night with a live calf as bait, but the animal got away.

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