Tiger faces life in cage after brutally killing three on 300-mile rampage

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The viscous nomad tiger killed carried out his bloodthirsty-rampage after straying more than 300 miles from a National Park in India. The five-year-old, 180-kg male predator, had wandered from Chandrapur in Maharashtra to Palaspani on a terrifying path of destruction before being tracked down by officials.

The big cat was shot with a tranquiliser dart in Kanha National Park on Saturday and moved 273 miles to Van Vihar National Park in the city of Bhopal.

The wild animal will now spend the rest of its life locked up after officials said the tiger was “too dangerous” to roam free.

Rangers had tried to re-home the beast in the wild. However, the bloodthirsty cat kept venturing towards human settlements.

The tiger’s first human kill was reported in Maharashrea Mangrul Dastagir on October 19, 2018.

Just three days later another terrifying assault was reported in Anjansing on October 22.

The tiger continued to prey on humans and cattle and its third kill was reported near Satpura Tiger Reserve (STR), about 200km from Bhopal in December.

The tiger was eventually captured by Satpura Tiger Reserve officials near a fly-ash pond in Sarni area in December 2018.

Madhya Pradesh’s chief wildlife warden, S.K Mandal said: “We gave it several chances to re-wild but it habitually went into human habitations.

“The only option left was to put it in captivity to ensure both the tiger and humans are safe.”

Kanha field director L Krishnamurthy said: “It was captured twice. There was barely 500 metres between the first and second locations.

“We gave it a chance to adapt to the natural habitat but it was found moving towards human habitations.

“It may be because it was born close to Chandrapur power station, which is surrounded by human habitations.”

The wild animal now lives in Van Vihar National Park along with 14 other tigers – however just four are on display to the public.

The others in the enclosures are deemed too dangerous or have been recently been rescued.

Van Vihar director Kamlike Mohanta said: “The Kanha team arrived at around 10.30am.

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“It will take some time for the tiger to adjust and ease its aggression.

“We will then decide if it will be put on display. We will write to the authorities.”

According to Government figures more than 200 people were killed by tigers in India between 2014 and 2019.

India is also home to around 70 percent of the world’s tigers.

The latest official figures revealed the tiger population had risen to 2,967 in 2018.

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