There is a story behind this aberrant behavior of the big cats in the 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 resources 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 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 the latter 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.