The search for the tiger that had stalked cattle in the villages close to Nagarahole National Park boundary, and had attacked a coffee estate worker on Friday, was found dead near Nittur village in Thithimathi territorial range of Kodagu district on Sunday morning.
The male tiger around 9 to 10 years had wounds on its body sustained in a territorial fight with a dominant male, which had ejected it from its domain, said a forest official. This is the fifth tiger death in the last three weeks in the Nagarahole-Bandipur range.
Meanwhile, a coffee plantation owner was killed in an elephant attack at Balangala in Virajpet taluk of Kodagu district on Sunday. The victim, Ravi Kalaiah, was on his morning walk when the elephant attacked him. Senior forest officials said Mr. Kalaiah died on the spot. As the news spread, there was tension in the village and people launched a flash protest complaining of rise in man-animal conflict situations.