18 Mar

Panthera’s Sanjay Gubbi Discusses India’s Human-Wildlife Conflict with The Guardian


A new article by The Guardian entitled 'India grapples with wildlife-human conflict' examines the history and increase of clashes between local communities in India, including those bordering national parks, and wildlife such as tigers and elephants. Read the article to learn how India’s growing human population that is living in close proximity to wildlife is fueling this conflict, the ongoing debate regarding how to manage human-wildlife conflict, and recent cases of clashes in the region, including a tiger that reportedly killed ten people in India’s northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Speaking with The Guardian, Panthera’s Tiger Program Coordinator, Sanjay Gubbi, explained, “If tigers kill people persistently, they have to be removed from the population at any cost. Capturing may be a popular option from an animal rights perspective, but in the larger conservation interest removing them is important. Man-eating incidences decrease public goodwill and degrade political will for wildlife conservation."

Gubbi continued, “As habitat available for wide-ranging species such as tigers reduce due to enormous economic and developmental pressures, we need to prepare ourselves with a larger goal for tiger conservation for this country. We have to decide that certain areas have to be prioritized for tiger preservation…”

Read the full article to learn what Gubbi and other conservationists had to say about the need for improved land use planning in India, the misuse and overuse of the term ‘man-eating tiger’ and how this can contribute to human-wildlife conflict, and more.

Learn about how Panthera is mitigating human-tiger conflict in India and beyond through the Tigers Forever program.