These big cats are notorious for preying on humans. One tigress, Chippewa Tigress, killed 436 people! Humans are attacked on the tiger's own ground and almost always in daylight. The person is always rushed from behind at close quarters following a careful stalk or they are ambushed at a place of the tiger's own choosing. What tigers are man-eaters? Some are old or infirm or too handicapped to capture prey. Most man-eaters begin by preying on village livestock. The first human victim is often a herdsmen protecting his livestock.
The man-eating lion is a bolder animal then its tiger counterpart. It frequently operates at night and sometimes even enters villages in search of victims. They are often disabled or old, with worn-down or broken canine teeth and blunted teeth and blunted claws. Some don't have any handicaps. The man-eaters of Tsavo are the most notorious. These were a pair of main less lions which killed and ate so many laborers during the building of the railroad across Kenya in 1898 that work had to be halted until these lions were killed.
It has been said that if the leopard were the size of a lion, it would
be ten times as dangerous. Once this big cat becomes a man-eater,
the leopard exhibits an almost diabolical cunning. There was one leopard
called the Panar man-eating leopard which claimed 400 lives! These big cats hunt at night and some even force themselves entry into dwellings to kill. They are even bolder then lions and human settlement hold no terrors for them.
These big cats who turn into man-eaters are rare indeed. Some cases were
reported during the last of the century and the early part of the present one. In parts of the Peruvian jungle, marauding Jaguars were said to have become so numerous that the Indians had to move their settlements. Of the four big cats, the Jaguar displays the greatest antipathy towards preying on human beings.
Not surprisingly, these cats have been known to kill humans. Compared to other big cats, their populations are more widespread. In more recent years, there have been more attacks. This may be due to the fact that we are infringing more on their territory and they go to more human populated areas when it gets hotter. I have gone hiking and have seen many signs warning of when the last cat was seen in the area. I remember the one incident when there was a family portrait taken at a local California park and in the tree in the background was a large Mountain Lion. Strong caution must be taken when you go to a wilderness park with young children. Please go in large groups (with a lot of adults) and never let the young children play by themselves or go off by themselves. Stay together! If hiking, don't go alone and if you see one, don't run! Also stand upright and do not go into a crouch position. Try to appear larger and aggressive!! One cannot say how any wild animal would react in any situation but when you do go out there please read up on this cat and on any safety manuals to be on the safe side.