Nine Maneaters And One Rogue

Nine Maneaters And One Rogue is the first book of jungle tales and man-eaters written by Kenneth Anderson , first published in 1954 by George Allen & Unwin Ltd.


“To the memory of the jungle of the Southern India, their birds and animals, particularly elephant , tiger and panther , and their forest-people, Chensoos, Sholagas, Karumbas and Poojarees, I proudly and gratefully dedicate this book, in return for the twenty-five years of unadulterated joy they have given me in making and keeping their acquaintance “. [1]


Anderson discusses the causes of man-eating in tigers and panthers, as well as possible causes of an elephant becoming rogue .

The Maneater of Jowlagiri
A tigress turns man-eater after being wounded by a poacher in the Jowlagiri area. After the death toll reaches fifteen, Anderson is in touch with the beast. Anderson has an agonizing wait over a human kill, followed by a lucky escape when the man-eater starts to stalk him. The man-eater is not heard of again for another, and when a fresh human kill is reported Anderson heads back to Jowlagiri – where he manages to lure the tigress to his death by imitating a tiger’s mating call .

The Spotted Devil of Gummlapur
Over an area of ​​some 250 square miles (650 km 2 ), a man-eating leopard is responsible for some 42 human deaths. When Anderson arrives to dispatch the animal, villagers are reluctant to assist as they believed the ‘shaitan’ would hear of it and hasten their death. Anderson spends his days waiting for the panther, using a dummy. On the other side, he comes across a stray dog, which he keeps with him for his hut. The dog ends up saving his life by signalling when the panther finally arrives at Anderson ‘s hut – in repayment Anderson takes the dog home and names him’ Nipper ‘.

The Striped Terror of Chamala Valley
In 1937 has been responsible for the death of seven people in the space of six months. Anderson locates the tiger by tying out baits, and although not fully equipped, he decides to sit down and kill the tigers return. Successfully killing the tiger, the locals help to carry it back to the village, though Anderson begins to doubt if in fact this is the correct tiger. Anderson arrives on the scene and tracks the trail of the tiger up to a dry stream bed … this time he has found the right tiger.

The Hosdurga-Holalkere Man-eater
Anderson recounts the cat and mouse game that ensues in the hunt for the Hosdurga-Holalkere man-eating tiger along with his friend Mac. Whilst sitting on a large group of people at a large cluster of boulders, Anderson sits with his back to a sheer drop of 12 foot and as if it is safe from an attack of the rear-but unexpectedly that is where the man-eater decides to attack.

The Rogue Elephant of Panapatti
An elephant and one responsible for multiple human deaths. Anderson first encounters the elephant when trying to bag a peacock – armed with a shotgun. Anderson escapes unscathed, though the elephant goes on to attack a camp of people – causing the government to double its reward for the animal. Anderson spends a lot of time walking the elephant through the jungle, finally coming across a lone elephant

The Maneater of Segur
After the first recounting a story of a dog in the Nilgiri Hills , Anderson goes on to his tale of the man-eating tiger of the same region. After a run in with a sloth bear family, and two failed vigils over two different human kills, Anderson comes across the one-eyed tiger by luck When A sambar deer warning sounds icts.

The Maneater of Yemmaydoddi
Early in 1946 a small male tiger appeared in the Yemmaydoddi locality and started local cattle. In 1948 after breaking down in Tiptur, Anderson and his friend Alfie finally arrive in Birur to find they are given the choice of shooting or a cattle lifting panther or a cattle lifting tiger. Unfortunately they do not want to be afraid, but they do not know where to look after the cattle in the area. Anderson gets a shot at the window of the night. Anderson gets a shot at the tiger. Only managing to wound the animal, he returns the next day to the tiger with the help of a herd of buffalo.

The Killer of Jalahalli
During a Rabbit Beat in the Jalahalli region, a leopard (formerly wounded by a policeman) caught between the nets and the beaters with dogs, succeeding in mauling six people in order to escape. Locals Persist in their Leopard to Bag, But the Leopard is a Fighter and Survives Their Assaults – in the progress managing to maul a total of 11 people and kill 3. Anderson arrives in the area and the leopard again manages to escape the try on his life, get more wounds in the progress. The next day Anderson follows circling vultures to the body of the leopard which was painfully succumbed to its many wounds.

The Hermit of Devarayandurga
A local tigress is nicknamed ‘the hermit’ due to its shabby appearance and choice of abode. Not a recorded man-eater, it was reportedly very aggressive towards humans, and killed two men and one woman. After spending some very hot all night vigils, Anderson gets a shot at the tigress. Badly wounding the animal, he has a tense morning following his distinctive blood trail to an end to ‘the hermit’.

Byra the Poojaree
Anderson recounts how to get along with a poacher , turns into a friendship of over 25 years and who appears in many of his hunting stories. Anderson shares some such tales about Byra, including a vicious bear attack, and Byra’s part in hunting a man-eater in the Muthur area.

The Tigers of Tagarthy
Anderson found the village of Tagarthy to have four tigers operating in the area, and on one single day – eight cattle kills have been made by tigers. Anderson recounts his own close encounters with the tigers of the region, including the story of how local man Sham Rao Bapat comes to shoot one of these tigers in his garden, and Anderson’s own hunt for the hostile, cattle lifting tiger of Goowja.

External links

  • Nine Man-Eaters and One Rogue on Internet Archive


  1. Jump up^ Anderson, Kenneth (1954). Nine Man Eaters and One Rogue . George Allen & Unwin. p. 8.