Friday, October 21, 2016

Helicopters, Drones Used In Tracking Down Man-Eating Tigress In India

Indian wildlife officials say they have killed a man-eating tigress after an extensive operation carried out over six weeks.

The tigress is believed to have killed two people and injured another five in northern Uttarakhand state.It largely frequented agricultural areas, causing panic among farmers who were too afraid to harvest crops from their fields. India is home to one of the largest tiger populations in the world.

An official with the Uttarakhand forest department told the BBC's Raju Gusain that they had taken the call to kill the animal after multiple efforts to tranquilise it had failed. He said that the tigress had become too dangerous.

The elusive animal was located with the help of helicopters, drones and thermal imaginary - the first time such sophisticated technology has been employed to hunt for a tiger.