MUMBAI (AFP) - Villagers in western India are living in terror after four fatal attacks by what could be a single tiger in less than two weeks, a report said Thursday. The villagers, near the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve about 150 kilometres (90 miles) from the city of Nagpur in Maharahstra state, have demanded protection from forest rangers, the Indian Express newspaper said. The latest deaths take the toll from tiger attacks over the past two months to seven, the daily added. No one was immediately available for comment at the reserve when contacted by AFP but a senior forestry official, Alok Joshi, was quoted as telling the newspaper that they will do whatever best can be done to prevent more deaths. One tiger could be responsible, he suggested. The Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of two in Maharashtra state and covers an area of 625 square kilometres (240 square miles). In 2005, it was home to 41 tigers, according to the sanctuarys website. Attacks on humans are rare. But with tiger numbers threatened by population growth and a loss of their natural habitat to agriculture, the animals often encroach on human settlements in search of food, like domestic livestock. With just 1,411 tigers left in the wild in India an all-time low conservationists say that killing the animal to prevent further attacks should be a last resort.