(180729) -- KATHMANDU, July 29, 2018 (Xinhua) -- A Royal Bengal Tiger roams at the Central Zoo of Jawalakhel in Kathmandu, Nepal, July 29, 2018, the International Tiger Day. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma) (dtf)
Kathmandu - A 25-year-old woman was killed by a wild tiger on  Monday near Nepal's largest national park, local police said.

The woman and two others were collecting fodder for their livestock  in a forest near Chitwan National Parkon Monday morning when they
came under attack, said Shiva Sharma Acharya, a police officer in  Chitwan district.

"The animal dragged her 100 metres away. Rangers had to tranquillize  the tiger to separate it from the victim's body," he told dpa.

Although tiger attacks are rare in Nepal, human-wild animal conflicts  are common, raising concerns about the safety of people living near
wildlife reserves.

Nepal is home to 198 endangered wild tigers that live in protected  areas in the country's southern plains along the border with India.

Nepal wrapped up a census of the endangered animal early this year,  but the results have not been released.

DPA