With seven human kills to its credit, the big cat has been able to dodge every land and air hunt by the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and steadily heighten the sense of panic across the forested Moradabad-Bijnor region that is a stepping stone to the lower Himalayas.
Two state governments have mobilised resources against it. The best shikaris are on its trail. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has been pressed into service. But the man-eating tigress of Bijnor has not even been seen yet, let alone shot or trapped.