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Hunters in north India are searching for a man-eating tiger that has killed nine people. The animal is terrorizing villagers in Maniawala, who have started traveling to work in groups and carrying homemade guns into the sugar fields. (Feb. 14)

SHOTLIST:

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Maniawala, India - 13 February 2014

1. Mid of hunter Sanjay Singh, carrying his gun and walking in forest

2. Tracking shot of hunters Samar Jeet Singh and Sanjay Singh walking in forest

3. Mid of Sanjay Singh and Samar Jeet Singh trekking through forest terrain

4. Sanjay Singh pointing to the ground with twig

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sanjay Singh, hunter (Transcript Below)

6. Close of paw prints of man eating tigress

7. Fragment of shirt of man who was killed hanging on a branch

8. Pan from shoes of man who was killed to paw print covered with plaster to make a plaster cast

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Maniawala, India - 12 February 2014

9. SOUNDBITE (Hindi) Vijay Pal Singh, village resident who lost relative to tiger attack (Transcript Below)

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Maniawala, India - 13 February 2014

10. Wide of Samar Jeet Singh with other forest officials pointing to prints on the ground

11. Close of paw print

12. Close of forest official tracing print

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Maniawala, India - 12 February 2014

13. Wide of man firing a country-made weapon developed by the farmers to scare away tigers, called "hammer"

14. Mid of village

15. Mid of elderly village resident Vijay Pal Singh who lost his nephew to the tiger attack sitting with other villagers

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Maniawala, India - 13 February 2014

16. Mid of people working in sugar cane fields

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Maniawala, India - 12 February 2014

17. Close of tigress paw print on ground

18. Various of farmer Govind Singh working in the field

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

HUNTERS IN NORTHERN INDIA ARE SEARCHING FOR A MAN-EATING TIGER THAT HAS ALREADY KILLED NINE PEOPLE.

THE VICTIMS...POOR VILLAGERS THAT LIVE ON THE FRINGES OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S LAST WILD TIGER HABITATS.

BUT LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT THE TIGER...WHO SOME SAY HAS DEVELOPED A TASTE FOR HUMAN BLOOD.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sanjay Singh, hunter:

"She's not touching any animal because the man she killed was along with cattle. She never goes for the cattle, she's only going for humans."

MANY OF THE VICTIMS WERE GRABBED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT AND DRAGGED INTO THE FOREST...LEAVING LITTLE BEHIND OTHER THAN A PAIR OF SHOES AND SCRAPS OF FABRIC.

SOUNDBITE (Hindi): Vijay Pal Singh, village resident who lost relative to tiger attack:

"We are scared right now. We can't go into the forest, nor can we do our daily work."

HUNTERS HAVE BEEN TRACKING THE ANIMAL FOR ALMOST A MONTH...BUT IT WASN'T UNTIL RECENTLY THAT OFFICIALS GRANTED A PERMIT TO HAVE IT KILLED.

(nats gun)

MEANWHILE FRIGHTENED VILLAGERS AREN'T TAKING ANY CHANCES...MANY ARE TRAVELING IN LARGE GROUPS AND TAKING HOMEMADE GUNS TO WORK IN THE SUGAR FIELDS.

THE TIGER HAS TREKKED NEARLY 120 MILES -- ALMOST COMPLETELY UNSEEN.

MAGGIE MAZZETTI, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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