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Tiger slaughtered in Pilibhit Reserve

New Delhi, April 19: Human-wildlife conflict turned ugly in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit Tiger Reserve after villagers beat a tiger to death and slit its throat, officials said on Thursday. The feline was slaughtered two-and-a-half kilometres inside the tiger reserve’s core area under Mahof range, officials told IANS. The killed cat was an adult male. The carcass was recovered on Thursday. No arrests have been made. “It seems a case of retaliatory killing. On Wednesday, a few villagers ventured deep inside the forest to collect firewood and had an encounter with a tiger,” Kailash Prasad, Divisional Forest Officer of Pilibhit told IANS. “No one was killed but some were injured. They rallied and killed the tiger later during the day,” he said. This is the second tiger killing in the region in 2018.  (IANS)