Guidelines as to what to do to reduce human and leopard conflict can be seen HERE. Read below to understand other aspects of our mitigation work.
WildTiger has assisted in several locations to monitor conflict leopards. Working with local authorities, communities and Rapid Response Teams (RRT) we are constantly developing strategies based on case by case dynamics. In the image is Nirajan Chhetri of the Thakurdwara RRT in Bardia National Park (Nepal) where we are piloting new strategies with a view to protocol development.
Human – Wildlife Conflict Mitigation
As part of our coexistence strategy WildTiger has implemented early warning systems using mass SMS send outs. In the buffer zone of Bardia National Park (West Nepal) we handed out over 300 mobile phones and training to facilitate better communications when wild elephants and leopards were known to be in village areas. A big thanks to Bernd Hirthe who researched and provided over 400 flashlights which have helped enable increased safety for people in highly affected areas. The strobe setting was tested successfully by Jack Kinross to deter leopards. These flashlights have been distributed in highly affected areas through Bardia and Arghakhanchi. Bernd will continue to assist WildTiger with regard to mitigating conflict with big cats and he will also collaborate with Ujalo Nepal regarding human – elephant conflict mitigation.
Bernd continues to research and source flashlights which have proved successful in these mitigation efforts. To find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our wildlife classes being conducted in west Nepal are proving a huge success.
More HERE about these fantastic classes being taken by the Wild Leopard Sisters
WildTiger works closely with Prajwol Manandhar as he leads the Kathmandu Leopard Project.
Prajwol has been at the forefront in developing leopard DNA fingerprinting which has already helped in the first confirmed identification of a captured leopard involved in human fatalities in central Nepal. This match up was a major breakthrough in human – leopard conflict mitigation and was a Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN) combined initiative with WildTiger.
In the latter part of 2019 we’ll bring more information on specific cases where our strategies have been operating.