New Delhi - A tiger that killed three women in south India was shot dead by forest personnel, news reports said on Thursday. The tiger killed the women in the Doddabetta forest range near the hill-town of Ooty over the past fortnight, the Hindustan Times reported. On Wednesday evening, after the movement of the big cat was tracked by thermal cameras, more than 600 villagers armed with sickles and sticks joined forest officials' search operations. The officials told the Hindu daily they were trying to catch the tiger in live traps, but were forced to shoot the animal when it attempted to attack them. The tiger terrorised six villages, reports said. Schools closed, while shops, tea-estates and fruit farms would shut early. India is home to the world's largest number of tigers in the wild, 1 706 according to a count in 2010. A new count is due this year. In Delhi zoo, a white tigress gave birth on Tuesday to six cubs, an exceptionally high number for tigers, curator RA Khan said.