Five kinds of cats eat people. Historically, the tiger was regarded as the most prolific of the human-killing cats. Some reports claim tigers killed more than twelve thousand people in the 20th century. The most prolific single man-eater known to history is the Champawat tigress, which killed 436 people in India and Nepal. A famous hunter named Jim Corbett shot it dead in 1907. Today, in the Indian park named for Corbett—among other places—villagers still face deadly tigers.
Photo by Wayne T. Allison