Sunday, 4 January 2015

NEWSLINK-INDIA-Solving the big cat problem: An expert view on the man-cat conflict in India

If you take the statistics of the last five years, there has been a series of tragic events in the lives of leopards and tigers. Scores of them have lost their lives, been injured, been relocated from their forest homes or ended up in zoos. The recent episode in Kolhapur only goes to show that a new approach has to be developed to resolve man-cat conflict. To start off with, the forest service cannot play God to nature. Fiddling, manipulating, re-locating and capturing big cats are becoming a new fashion with the forest service. This culture needs to be nipped in the bud, as it has dangerous consequences for India’s natural world. Whenever a small problem occurs, leopards and tigers get quickly tranquilised and in some cases moved across the state and parachuted to new areas. In other cases, if they have a limp or a cut they get tranquilised and treated with antibiotic! Man’s interference in the life of the big cat has reached an extreme. Wild tigers and leopards are not pet dogs. Read more:

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