An important Indian hunter had been summoned to shoot a man-eating tigress accusing himself of killing 13 people in Maharashtra, India.
Nawab Shafath Ali Khan began the search to capture the four-year-old cat and his two puppies after India's highest court dismissed the objections of conservation groups.
He began combing the jungles of Maharashtra after the tigress, known as T1, terrorized the villages in the last two years, and the revelry accelerated to claim three lives only in August.
It has been discovered that the victims have partially eaten, with torn limbs and tooth marks on what was left.
Nawab Shafath Ali Khan was summoned to shoot a man-eating tigress accused of killing 13 people throughout Maharashtra, India
Wildlife activists had tried to block any court order allowing the cat's death on the grounds that there was no evidence that the tigress was responsible for the deaths.
They also tried to prevent Khan from getting involved, as he is the favorite shooter for Indian officers concerned with man-eating tigers, rebellious elephants or destructive boars.
Mr. Khan is currently stalking the tiger with elephants because the vehicles are too noisy and he hopes to use only a tranquilizer gun on the animal with only shots to kill as a last resort.
The hunting authorization requires that Mr. Khan try to capture the live tigress, but kill it if necessary.
But activists fear that Mr Khan, who is famous for killing hundreds of animals, will only make a symbolic effort to bring the cat alive.
He has said that he is convinced that the tigress is guilty and is killing to survive due to the lack of other prey.
"The tigress has two 10-month-old puppies that also eat human flesh," she told the Times of India.
Mr. Khan (left) is stalking the tiger with elephants because the vehicles are too noisy and he hopes to use only a tranquilizer gun on the animal with only shots to kill as a last resort.
"The killing of humans is an easy prey, since there are no natural prey such as spotted deer, sambar and wild boar here, so the tigress is killing humans to survive."
Indian officials say DNA tests, camera traps and fingerprints indicate that the murders were carried out by a single tigress.
Their tigers are strictly protected by conservation laws, but the growing population of India and the loss of habitat means that cats compete more and more with people.
The success of protection laws has also seen that the number of cats begins to grow again in recent years after plummeting for decades. India is home to around 70 percent of the 4,000 tigers in the world.
Mr. Khan is the private hunter they usually turn to when people and the great fauna of India collide.
First he held a gun when he was four years old and soon became a capable tracker and an accomplished shot.
At the age of only 19, a friend of the family recommended it when officials needed someone to shoot a dishonest elephant who had trampled 12 people to death.
After that, his fame grew rapidly and officials from all over India began asking for his help.
Wildlife activists had tried to block any court order allowing the cat to be killed on the grounds that there was no evidence that the tigress was responsible for the deaths (stock image)