The Sundarbans, Human Tiger Conflict and VTRT

Tigress's Journeys

ImageSundarbans is the home of the Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and the place where HTCs are more frequent compared to any other tiger area in the world (Barlow, 2009), with on average 20-30 people being killed by tigers every year (Inskip et al., 2013). The HTC also resulted in at least three tigers being killed per year (Barlow, 2009). Since the population of tigers in the world has declined steeply in the past 100 years from 100,000 to 3,000 individuals, and the Sundarbans is one of global tiger conservation landscape priorities (Jackson, 2010; Sanderson et al. 2006), resolving HTC in an appropriate way is important for saving both humans and tigers.

When a HTC occurs in a certain village, it always becomes a big issue in the village. Information about tiger attacks can spread throughout the village very fast. As a result, many people will start to discuss and…

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