A tiger blamed for killing three people will spend the rest of its life in captivity, Indian officials said Sunday, saying the big cat was \u201ctoo dangerous\u201d to be allowed to roam free.\r\nThe five-year-old male predator, also blamed for attacking cattle, had embarked on a trek more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) long from western Maharashtra state to central India\u2019s Betul district in Madhya Pradesh state in 2018.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cWe gave it several chances to re-wild but it habitually went into human habitations,\u201d Madhya Pradesh\u2019s chief wildlife warden, S.K. Mandal, told AFP.\r\n\u201cThe only option left was to put it in captivity to ensure both the tiger and humans are safe.\u201d\r\nThe tiger -- dubbed the \u201cvagabond\u201d or \u201cnomad\u201d by some local media -- was first trapped in December 2018 after its long journey and held in captivity for two months.\r\nThe big cat was eventually fitted with a tracking collar and shuttled between a tiger reserve and a national park.\r\nOfficials however said it repeatedly strayed and hunted near human settlements, attacking cattle and endangering humans.\r\nFinally the tiger was tranquilized and sent to a zoo in Madhya Pradesh capital\u2019s Bhopal on Saturday.\r\nOfficials said the decision to capture the adult tiger was taken a few months ago, but was delayed due to the novel coronavirus lockdown.\r\n\u201cIt will take sometime for him to adjust to the new environment. We will be monitoring his behavior,\u201d Bhopal\u2019s Van Vihar National Park director, Kamlika Mohanta, told AFP.\r\n\u201cAs of now it will remain in solitary confinement. A decision to put it on display at the zoo or send it to a (fenced) safari will be taken later.\u201d\r\nHuman encroachment on tiger habitats have increased in recent decades in the nation of 1.3 billion people, leading to deadly conflicts with the animals.\r\nNearly 225 people were killed in tiger attacks between 2014 and 2019, according to government figures.\r\nMore than 200 tigers were killed by poachers or electrocution between 2012 and 2018, the data showed.\r\nIndia is home to around 70 percent of the world\u2019s tigers. Last year, the government said the tiger population had risen to 2,967 in 2018 from a record low of 1,411 in 2006.