India’s tiger reserves have no space, adding more of them will lead to human-tiger conflict

February 12, 2020 | The Print 

India’s tiger reserves are now completely saturated and the government needs a plan to manage excess tigers to minimise the risk of human-animal conflict, according to a wildlife expert.

In July last year, the Narendra Modi government had announced that India’s tiger population had increased by 33 per cent since the last estimation.

According to the government’s report prepared by scientists at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), the country has an estimated 2,967 tigers — which is about 70 per cent of the global tiger population.

However, Qamar Qureshi, a scientist at the WII and one of the authors of the report, said the time has come to stop thinking about increasing the population of tigers, and instead..
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