The tiger that killed two people in Ramnagar near Corbett died the same night in captivity due to septicemia and asphyxiation, wildlife officials said.
The Hindustan Times reported the eight-year-old tiger suffered multiple injuries during the rescue operation and eventually succumbed.
Forest officials with the help of tranquilizers and a JCB machine managed to cage the tiger at the end of a nearly nine-hour operation. The tiger (nicknamed T-28) killed a woman after dragging her deep inside the forest near Corbett National Park last Thursday morning. Her father-in-law met with the same fate when he came to her rescue. It was then cornered and ensnared by forest officials.
But the tiger suffered serious injuries as one of its canine teeth broke down which resulted in bleeding, septicemia and later choked to death.
“As it leaped on the JCB machine, its canine broke down and started bleeding. It lost too much blood. Meanwhile, some past injuries on its forelimbs had maggots and the animal died due to septicemia and choking,” divisional forest officer, Terai, Kahkashan Naseem told Hindustan Times.
Officers inform due to movement of tigers in the area, T-28 must have had infighting with others due to which its fore limbs were severely injured. The presence of five tigers and one tigress is reported within 5 sq km area in the range.
Tigers and dense forests in Corbett attract thousands of tourists every year but the area is also seeing a growing man-animal conflict.
Both the number of tigers and human population in the neighboring villages of the reserve has increased over the years.
Home to around 200 tigers, Corbett has the highest density of big cats in India. Villagers often enter the reserve for firewood and fodder but fall prey to tigers. In October, a man-eater was killed near Ramnagar after a massive 40-day search.