A farmer was mauled to death by a tiger at Nadadi village in H.D. Kote taluk of Mysore district on Wednesday. Basavaraju (45) was working in his agricultural field when he was attacked by the tiger around 11 a.m. He died of head injuries sustained during the attack. H.C. Kantharaj, director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, told The Hindu that the incident took place about 300 metres outside the boundary of the Bandipur National Park.

Another farmer who was tilling land using a tractor had claimed that he had seen the animal and identified it as tiger, he said.

“Our staff visited the village and identified the pug parks. A claw was embedded in the victim’s scalp... The animal is definitely a tiger,” Mr. Kantharaj said. The tiger did not bite the farmer but took a swipe at him with its forearm, in what is suspected to be a panic attack in self-defence. Basavaraju died of the injuries sustained in the process, he added. “This is not only a rare case of a tiger killing a human being but also the first human casualty in the man-animal conflict reported from Bandipur this year (2013–14),” he said.

The incident took place about

300 metres outside the boundary of the Bandipur National Park

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