INDIA’S HIDDEN TIGER POACHERS

Source: Roads & Kingdoms

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BHORAMDEO, India—

Rajesh was only 10 years old when he killed his first tiger, and 20 years later, he still remembers it vividly.

He was frightened. The tiger, a paw caught in a foot trap, was furious. The boy’s father said there wasn’t much time. First, Rajesh (a pseudonym) smashed the tiger’s head with a stick, but it remained conscious. Other hunters attacked the animal with thin spears as the boy stabbed through the tiger’s mouth down its throat. Then, piercing its ribs, he aimed for the heart.

Rajesh’s tribe, a sub-clan of the Pardhi tribe, hunted as their ancestors ...

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