Man-Eating Female Tiger Being Hunted In India, Hunters Using Calvin Klein Cologne, Suspected Of Killing 13 People

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Forest rangers in a wet and bushy patch of central India have been chasing a cunning female tiger suspected of killing 13 people for the past six months.

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They have thrown just about everything they have at the tigress: hundreds of foot soldiers to comb the jungle, bulldozers to clear it, sharpshooters, jeeps, camera traps, a thermal imagery drone and five Indian elephants in hopes of surrounding the tigress so the veterinarians riding the elephants can dart her.

So the rangers plan to deploy a new weapon: a bottle of Calvin Klein Obsession cologne.

 

“I know, it’s really funny,” said Sunil Limaye, one of the top forestry officials directing the tiger hunt. “But what are we going to do?”

This fragrance for men includes civetone, a compound originally derived from the scent glands of a civet though now often made synthetically. Obsession has been billed as irresistible to women.

But because of the civetone, it is also scientifically proven to make wild cats go gaga. They roll around it, they take huge sniffs, they luxuriate in the smell for several minutes.

 

“Whatever is in that, cats love it,” a cat expert in Australia told Scientific American. “They just seem to be in absolute heaven.”

 

Call it outside the box thinking. Or just pure desperation. But India is going to need some fresh ideas if its tiger population continues to shoot up, as it has been.

 

In the past decade, India’s tiger count has soared to 2,500, the world’s largest tiger population. At the same time, India, just after China, has the world’s second largest human population, at 1.3 billion, and the people and tigers are getting squeezed together.

 

Endangered tigers are spilling out of dedicated reserves, roaming around thinning patches of forest and trotting through farms. Surrounded on all sides by villages, highways, industry and towns, the tigers are increasingly running into humans.

 

This is what happened to the tigress, who wildlife officials call T-1. She lives in a fragmented forest near the town of Pandharkawada, in the middle of India.

 

She has dragged away several villagers by the neck. On some of her victims, she and her two cubs have devoured large chunks of their flesh.

 

Villagers are panicked, avoiding their fields and locking their doors at night, which they never used to do.

 

Tiger experts in India say they can’t remember a recent tiger ordeal as intense as this. The case has risen all the way to the Supreme Court.  Last month, after a spirited dispute between state authorities and wildlife activists about the fate of T-1, the Supreme Court judges handed down what was essentially a life sentence: The rangers should try their best to capture T-1 to transplant her to a refuge centre or a zoo.

But if that fails, the judges ruled, then T-1 can be killed.

 

Every morning at sunrise, dozens of state forestry guards and police officers trudge out of a makeshift camp carrying AK-47s, tranquilizer guns, GPS locators, water bottles, and foil containers of rice and lentils (their lunch). All day they fight their way through scratchy mazes of lantana bushes that smell sharp and peppery.

 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

Photographs are Courtesy:  Reuters

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