A male tiger, estimated to be around 12 years, was trapped at Bhadragola village, near Thithimathi, in Kodagu on Friday night. It was shifted to the Bannerghatta Biological Park on Saturday.
The animal had killed two cows in the village limits.
Forest Department staff placed a cage in a coffee plantation on Friday night with parts of the carcass of one of the cows killed by the tiger as bait.
The coffee plantation is about 500 m away from the reserve forest abutting the Nagarahole National Park, Assistant Conservator of Forests Cariappa said.
“The tiger was trapped around 8.45 p.m.,” Virajpet Deputy Conservator of Forests Malatipriya told The Hindu .
She said she obtained permission from the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and the Chief Wildlife Warden to trap the tiger after it killed two cows on consecutive days.
Veterinarian Umashankar, who examined the tiger, said in his report that the tiger was injured in its left forearm and was “slightly weak”.
Ms. Malatipriya confirmed that the tiger was injured and also had scratch marks on its body, indicating that it was involved in territorial fight. The Bannerghatta Biological Park had better medical facilities, she added.
The tiger killed a cow belonging to A. Bharath in the village on Wednesday and another cow on Thursday.
Mr. Cariappa said the tiger targeted easy prey as it might not have been able to hunt in the wild because of its injury.