Tigers living in and around the Chitwan National Park, in Nepal, are becoming nocturnal in order to avoid the human presence, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
‘It’s a very fundamental conflict over resources,’ says co-author Neil Carter. ‘Tigers need resources, people need the same resources. If we operate under the traditional wisdom that tigers only can survive with space dedicated solely for them, there would always be conflict. If your priority is people, tigers lose out. If your priority is tigers, people lose out.’
Source: Michigan State University
Neil H. Cartera, Binoj K. Shresthab, Jhamak B. Karkic, Narendra Man Babu Pradhand, & Jianguo Liu (2012). Coexistence between wildlife and humans at fine spatial scales Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1210490109