There is a story behind this aberrant behavior of the big cats in Kumaon Region of Uttrakhand in India. It is a sordid saga of stark poverty, deadly epidemics and constant famine. People died in thousands and with no resource to cremate properly the half burnt bodies were thrown in the jungles. The rotting cadavers invited the big cats for an unwelcome feast. The terrible scourge lasted for a long time in India's tiger infested region which now comprises of many districts in the picturesque Himalayan Foothills.
For the locals Corbett or "Carpet Sahib" was a demigod who whenever invited to get rid of the man eaters obliged. He was a hunter by habit but in later part of his life he turned into a conservationist and wildlife photographer. The tiger reserve and National Park is named after him for his love for India and service to the people. There is a museum in his honor at Kaladhungi in Nainital District near Corbett Tiger Reserve. Worth a visit, the museum is on the road between Nainital Township and the reserve.