Study into human-tiger conflict
Why have incidents of man-animal conflict seen a steady increase in the past few months? What is the reason behind the substantial increase in tiger population? To answer such questions, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will conduct a research in several wildlife reserves across the state. Due to a rapid increase in the population of tigers, the Tadoba Tiger Reserve will be the centre point of the study. There are approximately 85 tigers and 22 cubs in the forest. However, as their numbers keep increasing, the forest area appears to recede. The lifestyle of wild animals, tigers in particular, has been cited as another reason behind decreasing forest area. When cubs turn eight or nine-years-old, they become independent and start marking their territory. In the process, they drive away old tigers who were previously living there. As a result, these old tigers find a safe haven in nearby villages. However, unable to hunt down wild animals due to old age, they tend to hunt domestic animals and attacks men who enter the forest area. Thus, there has been a sudden increase in incidents of man-animal conflict in the Chandrapur district recently. More on this interesting research follow the link below.