A human-wildlife conflict turned ugly in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit Tiger Reserve after villagers beat a tiger to death and slit its throat, officials said on Thursday.
The feline was slaughtered two-and-a-half kilometre inside the reserve’s core area under Mahof Range, officials told IANS.
The killed animal was an adult male tiger. The carcass was recovered on Thursday. However, no arrests have been made so far. “It seems a case of retaliatory killing. On Wednesday, few villagers ventured deep inside the forest to collect firewood and had an encounter with a tiger,” Kailash Prasad, divisional forest officer of Pilibhit told IANS.