Maneating tigers

Maneating tigers are derailing conservation efforts in India


Politicians and citizens in India have supported recent efforts to preserve these big cats. But many people now fear that the price of saving the species is human lives. Due to the maneating tigers.

The tiger is the national symbol of India for millennia. It has been represented as Durga, the mount of the Goddess of power. It was found in ancient rock art, showing the tiger’s longstanding presence in Indian culture. The earliest image of tigers in Indian art was the Pashupati seal. This dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization, which was around 2500 B.C. Tigers are one of the few animals that symbolize numerous – but contradictory ideas. They represent power and strength; Furthermore it shows the supernatural, while also being feared and seen as evil. These different identities in India result from a violent history between tigers and humans.

Maneating tigers and local people have clashed for centuries. Since the 1600s, the tiger population in India has rapidly declined. Because of practices like hunting and poaching. Conservation efforts in India have stabilized India’s tiger population. But in recent years the controversy around these efforts has made the news. Especially when it comes to the maneating tigers.

#TigerNews: Read the full article on Study Breaks, published on April 1, 2021.