Dec. 5 (UPI)-- A tiger from the Bandipur tiger reserve believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least three people over the past week in the Indian state of Karnataka has been caught.
An Indian official reported that the tiger was shot with tranquilizers and placed in a cage.
Authorities had been searching for the tiger with the help of elephants and a shoot to kill order was announced earlier this week. Legislative council member MC Nanaiah speculated that the tiger may have been previously wounded by a poacher and had developed a taste for human blood, observing that "Once tasted blood, you cannot capture tiger and put it cage. It has to be killed."
It is not known why Indian authorities chose to capture the tiger rather than kill it as authorized.
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