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  • 10 February 2014, 17:47

Tiger Kills Tenth Indian After Evading Trap

A tiger on the loose from India's oldest national park has killed a 10th person in six weeks after eluding a trap set by hunters.

The big cat's latest victim was a 50-year-old man collecting firewood in a forest outside Kalgarh in Uttarakhand.

The female tiger ate part of the man's leg and abdomen before being shooed by villagers waving shovels and metal rods.

Hunters had attempted to snare the animal on Saturday using a live calf as bait - but on Sunday she struck again.

"The tigress almost fell in the trap and was close to the calf," said Saket Badola, deputy director of the Jim Corbett National Park. "But she did not attack the bait and left silently."

Locals were told to avoid forested areas following the first attack on a 65-year-old man on December 29.

The tiger is thought to be prowling an area spanning 80 miles.

"The animal has started attacking humans because it is not getting its natural prey," said Rupek De, chief wildlife warden of Uttar Pradesh.

Angry villagers seized a national forestry office on Sunday demanding protection and compensation for the families of the dead.

Mr Badola said: "The villagers do not have toilets in their homes. They go out in the open or forest areas to answer nature's call. In this scenario it is difficult to give protection to each and every villager. We have advised them to move in groups."

Poaching and a shrinking habitat has meant India's tiger population has fallen from 5,000-7,000 in the 1990s to 3,200 today.

The Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936 to provide endangered Bengal tigers with safe territory.

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