Two days after the killing of tigress Avni, villagers in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve area crushed yet another tigress to death using a tractor.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, the incident took place in Kishanpur Sanctuary when the animal allegedly mauled a 50-yr-old man to death.

Source: Livehindustan

Talking to Hindustan Times, Mahavir Kaujlagi, deputy director of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, said:

"The villagers killed the tigress in a retaliatory attack. While we were busy in rushing the injured man to hospital, the villagers surrounded the big cat and crushed it to death under a tractor."

Reports suggest that these retaliatory attacks have been on a rise due to increased cases of man-animal conflict. The spot where the incident took place was in the core zone of the tiger reserve.

Source: TheQuint

Field director of the tiger reserve, Ramesh Kumar Pandey told HT,

“An FIR will be lodged under the Wildlife Protection Act and appropriate action taken. The killing of a tiger inside the protected area is a serious offence.”

Tigers are endangered in India and categorised as ‘Schedule I’ species under the Wildlife Protection Act.

Source: TravelingTed

According to WWF,

"As tigers continue to lose their habitat and prey species, they are increasingly coming into conflict with humans as they attack domestic animals – and sometimes people. In retaliation, tigers are often killed by angry villagers."

With only 3,900 tigers remaining in the world, it's time we start respecting their habitat.