Man-Eating Tiger That May Have Killed 13 People Shot Dead After Two-Year Hunt

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An Indian tiger swims at Chhat Bir Zoo on the outskirts of Chandigarh on May 22, 2016. A female tiger has been shot after killing more than a dozen humans. Shammi Mehra/AFP/Getty Images

A tiger with a hunger for human flesh has been shot dead in India after a major two-year hunt, the BBC reported.

The female tiger is thought to have killed some 13 people since 2016, three of whom as recently as August. Cameras, traps and even perfume were used in the hunt for the beast, which had left residents in the state of Maharashtra in fear for their lives.

The tiger and her young cubs killed three people near the town of Pandharkawada in Yavatmal district in August. The cubs were nine months old, according to the BBC.

Hundreds of forest rangers were involved in the hunt for T-1, with efforts ratcheted up after the August slayings. A heat-seeking drone, over a hundred cameras and even specially-trained elephants sought out the deadly creature.

A bullet finally ended the tiger's killing spree Friday night, after a tranquilizer dart failed to slow the animal enough for capture. Hunters said they were forced to shoot the tiger, known as T-1, when she roared and charged, The New York Times reported.

Villagers nearby, The Times stated, celebrated the animals death with firecrackers, sweets and fist-pumps.

Farmers had previously been warned to travel in groups, return home early and not to defecate in open fields, a normal practice in the area, the BBC reported.

But not everyone is excited about the hunt's eventual success. "This is a coldblooded murder," said Jerryl Banait, an animal rights advocate who had gone to India's Supreme Court in an attempt to make authorities capture, not kill, the tiger, according to The Times.

"It's state-sponsored legalized hunting of a voteless and speechless tigress mother,'' wildlife activist and dentist Sarita Subramaniam told the outlet. "She was doing what any mother would do...she was simply trying to defend her cubs and her territory.''

But hunters defended their decision to kill the tiger. "We would have lost a few men had we tried to save her,'' said Nawab Shafath Ali Khan, father of the hunter that killed T-1.

"Now our lives will be back to normal," Hidayat Khan, resident of an area where T-1 took several lives, told The Times. "We can go to our fields and do our work."

But T-1's two cubs, he added, are still out there.