Tigers Turn to Humans After Floods

Maneaters stalk villagers in West Bengal
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 26, 2008 6:56 AM CDT
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(Newser) – First came the floods, now come the tigers. A remote village in West Bengal is dealing with a soaring number of tiger attacks since the powerful predators were driven across the border from Bangladesh by flooding. Villagers report 15 attacks already this year, six of them fatal, according to the Guardian. Crab fisherman wading alone through shallow waters are most often the victims, pounced on by tigers who drag them into the forest.

"This conflict will continue because the man-eaters are looking for humans," said one villager. "Once they have the taste of human flesh, they will always look for it."