(CNN) Nazim Khan scans the vast fields before him, thick with sugarcane stalks that stand taller than his 6-foot-2 frame. Somewhere out there is a man-eating tiger on the prowl.
A massive hunt has been launched in this part of northern India to catch the killer cat. At this point, two months into the Royal Bengal's deadly spree, Khan sees no good ending.
The young wildlife conservationist knows the animal will either lose its own life or, at best, be captured and sent off to a zoo. It's either the death penalty or life imprisonment for the Queen of the Jungle.
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Either way, it will be wretched for both the cat and the conservationist after years of efforts to save India's tigers from extinction. But frightened villagers and the families of victims want a swift end to the tiger's reign of terror.