She’s a man-eater?
A return of India’s Bengal tiger population has brought with it a predictable side effect: a spike in tiger attacks.
As the number of protected tigers rebounds from a low of 4,000 nationwide, so has the slate of human victims. Over a span of six weeks, 10 people in or near the state of Uttar Pradesh have succumbed to what might be a single female tiger. The attacks have pitted local people and conservationists against each other. Now, sharpshooters are tracking the big cats, while students rally with the slogan: “Save the tiger.”
—Diane Richard, writer, February 12
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Source: ELLEN BARRY and HARI KUMAR, “Tiger Population Grows in India, as Does Fear After Attacks,” New York Times, February 11, 2014