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Tiger killed by people, carcass recovered: Forest dept

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The tiger that had strayed into the forest of in West district last month was killed by the locals today, a top said here.

The carcass of the adult tiger was recovered from the forest, West Bengal's said.

"The carcass has injury marks, caused by spears, in the neck," he told

Asked when the big cat was killed, Sinha said it could be after 10 AM today, because "till that time, the forest personnel were aware of its location".

On why the tiger could not be captured over the last month-and-a-half, he said, "We had tried out best. We had put cages in different areas of the forest. We had sent tranquilising teams, but could not capture it."

Sinha added that the (NTCA) was informed of the development.

On whether a post-mortem would be conducted of the animal, he said that was the process in such cases.

The tiger had strayed into the forest of on March 2, possibly from neighbouring Odisha, a had earlier said.

R N Saha, (DFO), range, had said one of the camera traps had captured the image of the big cat.

Reacting sharply to the news, Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, a wildlife expert and the of an NGO, the Nature and Wildlife Society, wondered why the animal could not be captured by the Forest department.

"We had also failed to spread awareness among the people regarding protecting the tiger," he said.

Joydip Kundu of the said, "It is a black day for us. The tiger was brutally killed. The Forest department is doing a good work in the Sunderbans, but here, the tiger could not be saved."

He was also critical of the "hunting festival" of the tribals of the area and said no one should support it in the name of tradition.

Former Principal Chief of said it was clear that the tiger's life would be in danger if it was not captured.

"Now it has happened. It is very sad for those who love nature, who love tigers," he added.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 18:25 IST