An adult Royal Bengal Tigress of the Kaziranga National Park was shot dead by a jawan of a battalion of the Assam Police on Monday morning after it strayed into Bosa village near the Kohora range of the park and attacked some people.

Chief Wildlife Warden of Assam Suresh Chand told The Hindu that the tigress strayed into the village. “Milk was still oozing from its nipples, which suggested that it was in search of its cubs. It was hiding in a bamboo bush in the village and some villagers noticed it and raised an alarm. Soon a huge crowd gathered. The tigress then became agitated and it was shot dead by security personnel.”

Mr Chand said the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had ordered a probe into the incident.