Study on human and wildlife interactions at surroundings of protected areas
Vijaya Kumara, Yashaswini MP
This study was conducted at villages which are found abutting Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and a rehabilitated area found at the fringe of Rajiv Gandhi National park (Nagarhole) This study clearly understand the important benefits of the local people from the wildlife and negative interactions between human and wildlife which would be taken into consideration to avoid the future conflicts with wild animals. There is both positive and negative benefit from this relocation where few people are happy and few more are unsatisfied with the relocation. Even after settling out of the forest still, people have a negative interaction with the wild animals in the form of human-elephant conflict. Crop-raiding, damage to human properties, attack on human etc are the daily problems faced at Nagapura II, Kurchi and Manchalli. Due to breakage points in the forest fencing, there is a frequent movement of elephants around the tribal settlements. Moreover, the welfare status of these tribal people is miserable. Right from the drinking water to newborn deaths, there are severe problems for their living. The government needs to take care of all these issues to provide a better living for these haadies.