Since January this year, tigers have killed six people in Maharashtra’s Brahmapuri forest division. According to figures made available by the Brahmapuri Deputy Conservator of Forests, Kulraj Singh, 14 people were killed in human-wildlife conflict in the division in 2018-19, more than double the number of deaths two years ago.
The Brahmapuri division, which has five forest ranges, has the reputation of being the best conservation model outside protected areas such as tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Spread over 986 sq km, the division has over 610 villages, about half of them located in forested patches. Official estimates put the number of tigers in the area at more than 40.