People are getting killed. A LOT of people.
A marauding elephant has trampled at least 15 local people to death in the past few months.
Further north, villagers living around the Pilibhit Tiger reserve in Uttar Pradesh are up in arms after three people were killed by a tiger within a week. At least 16 people have been killed in tiger attacks near the reserve since last October. –BBC
Wild animals aren’t an exotic thing to them. They’re a local threat.
The ‘tranquilize and relocate’ approach has not been working.
There are similar stories in southern and eastern India where animal sanctuaries are located. It is not just forested areas that are affected – even people in suburban areas and small towns have started encountering animals like leopards.
According to the Indian environment ministry, 1,144 people were killed in elephant and tiger attacks between April 2014 and May 2017. Experts say the numbers could be much higher if attacks by leopards and other wild animals were included in the list. –BBC
The numbers for various dangerous animals are increasing.
After an alarming fall in the number of tigers, the Indian government launched the Project Tiger initiative in the 1970s. Protected zones were declared, new animal reserves were announced and anti-poaching measures implemented. As a result, the numbers have gone up.
Two-thirds of the world’s tigers live in India, with their numbers increasing from about 1,700 to more than 2,200 in the last five years. –BBC
What do the locals have to say?
“We want the forest officials to kill the tiger responsible for the attacks,” a relative of a farmer killed near the Pilibhit reserve told local media. “This is our only demand. We won’t settle for anything less than that.”-BBC
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In his killer new book RISE, KILL & EAT: A Theology of Hunting From Genesis to Revelation Doug carries on with his courageous war against the lunatic fringe who dare recommend Bambi solutions to the annual production of edible wildlife. –Ted Nugent