In a shocking incident of human-wildlife conflict, an 8-year-old boy was mauled to death by a tiger who has been declared as a ‘man-eater’, in Kodagu district of Karnataka. The victim was the third person to fall prey to a tiger attack in Karnataka in the last 16 days.
According to the information, the ‘man-eater’ tiger attacked the minor boy from behind in Karnataka.
The tiger attack in Karnataka took place when the minor was with his 52-year-old grandfather, identified as Kencha Shetty, at an estate in the district’s Belluru village at around 6:30 am on Monday.
While the boy’s grandfather tried to rescue him, the beast attacked him as well. Meanwhile, the state principal chief conservator of forests has directed officials to trap or shoot dead the tiger.
According to the reports, the sharpshooters fired three shots at the tiger late Monday, injuring it. However, “the wounded tiger escaped while the forest staff surrounded the area where it was roaming.
Apparently, the forest department has announced Rs 7.5 lakh as compensation to the minor boy’s family. Also, the big cat mauled two cows to death in Belluru village on Monday.
In February, tiger attacks had claimed two lives in Kumuturu and T Shettigeri of the district. The forest officials had managed to trap the tigress who killed the two victims.