‘It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That’s how the world is going to end.’ —Faulkner


For the past three months, a team of 150 people using 100 trap cameras, drones, hang-gliders, sniffer dogs, elephants, sharp shooters, and expert trackers struggled through a forested area in central India’s Maharashtra state to hunt down a man-eating tigress. On Friday night, after an alleged attempt to tranquilize the animal, a bullet from the gun of a controversial hunter killed the big cat. 

The 6-year-old tigress, officially named T1 but dubbed “Avni” (which means Earth in Hindi) by conservationists, was linked to at least 13 human deaths over the last two years.

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