A 24-year-old man was killed by a tiger in Umaria district, about 500 kilometres from Bhopal, on Sunday.
The body of the youth discovered on Saturday had injury marks inflicted by the tiger. However, he was not eaten by the animal.
The spot where the incident occurred is about 20 kilometres from Bandhavgarh National Park.
Chief conservator of forests (CCF) of Shahdol circle Sunil Agarwal told HT that Mukesh, a resident of Bijora village in Ghunghuti range of the Umaria forest division, had taken his cattle for grazing in the forests near the village on Friday.
The cattle returned to the village but when Mukesh did not return all night, his family members raised an alarm.
The matter was reported to the police and forest department authorities, and a manhunt was launched on Saturday.
On Saturday evening, Mukesh's body was found in a forest department plantation.
A set of pugmarks belonging to a tiger were found close to the body.
The body was sent for postmortem and the report is awaited.
Meanwhile, the forest department has released Rs 5,000 to the next of kin of the deceased.
The balance of Rs 1,50,000 paid in case of death due to an attack by a wild animal will be paid on the confirmation of the cause of death in the postmortem report.
Three people have been killed in and around the Bandhavgarh National Park by tigers in the last nine months.