A farmer was killed in an attack by a gaur at the foothills of Yercaud here on Friday.

A forest officer identified the deceased as P Madhayyan, 42, of Thathanur village near Veeranam.

He said the incident occurred in the early hours of Friday, when Madhayyan visited his agricultural farm at the foothills of Yercaud.

"When he cried for help, people in the vicinity rushed to his rescue.

However, Madhayyan succumbed to his severe injuries on the spot." When alerted, police visited the spot and sent his body for postmortem. Forest officers, meanwhile, urged the villagers to exercise caution while visiting their farms at the foothills and forest fringes before dawn and after dusk.