Sunday, 5 October 2014

Human casualties mount in Indian tiger corridor

The World Land Trust (WLT) has reported that since 2010, seven people have been killed by tigers in the vicinity of Sunderkhal in Uttarakhand in northern India, and a further person was killed by a leopard in the same area. The most recent death was reported in March 2014.
There has been an increase in the human population living in or near to the 3.75km-wide Chilkiya-Kota Corridor, which is an essential area for big cats. This has resulted in clashes between the species, as tigers prey on cattle in villages on the edge of the corridor, coming into close contact with people who live in the area. In January 2011, a tiger that had been declared a man-eater was shot dead in the corridor by officials from the Uttarakhand Forest Department.

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