Understanding human–tiger conflict around Corbett Tiger Reserve India: A case study using forensic genetics

Human–tiger conflicts have been a major issue in the Terai-Arc Landscape (TAL), in northern India, ever since human settled in the region. For managing such issues, authorities are compelled to eliminate/relocate tigers whenever there is recurrent killing of human beings. But identifying the individual tiger/tigress, involved in conflicts has remained a challenge for wildlife manager as misidentification may lead to the elimination of the wrong individual that do not mitigate the conflict at all. In the present study, we demonstrate the utility of molecular tools by using whatever preoperational evidences could be collected from a tiger that was eventually killed as a man-eater through a case study from the TAL.

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