KATHMANDU, Nepal, At least two people have been killed, in tiger attacks in a week in Nepal's Bardia National Park, a park official said.
A 71-year-old man was killed by a tiger on Sunday, just outside his home in Bhuri village, in Rajapur municipality located in the western part of the country.
The tiger attacked the man, although it was eyeing the domestic pigs kept inside an enclosure. We knew that the tiger was old and already had some injuries. We have trapped and kept it in our rescue centre, Ashok Bhandari, warden of the Bardia National Park, said.
Last Thursday, a tiger killed a 56-year-old woman, who was cutting grass for livestock in Geruwa village, the nearest human settlement of the same park.
Three women were cutting grass fodder near a water source, when the wild tiger attacked them. One lost her life while the two others managed to escape, Bhandari informed.
The wildlife official said, though two tiger attacks happened within four days in the park, they were done by different tigers of different age groups.
The latest incidents took place in our national park after a very long time. Tigers usually don't attack humans, it's only in some cases like, if they feel threat or if it's related with their prey, the official said.
According to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, the family of victims gets a compensation of one million rupees (8,671.39 US Dollars), in case of deaths by wildlife attacks, while the injured receive 200,000 rupees (1,734.20 US Dollars) for medical treatment.
As per the National Tiger Census in 2018, the tiger population has reached 235 in Nepal, among which 87 are in the Bardia National Park.
Source: NAM News Network