Wild Cat in Human Habitat. (Human - Wildlife Conflict)
PC: Srikanth Mannepuri
What you see in this image is a fishing cat that found itself in the middle of a conflict situation. This Fishing cat got himself trapped while trying to prey on domestic poultry in one of the village adjoining the Godavari mangrove forest. Thankfully, immediately the locals contacted the forest department and help was mobilised. the staff rushed to the spot and the fishing cat was safely rescued. After thorough examination by the veterinary doctor & staff ,the fishing cat was deemed healthy without any injuries, it was then released into the same forest where it came from.
This is an example of well managed situation by the locals and the forest department that successfully avoided a conflict. But unfortunately not all animals that wander into human settlements are that lucky.
Human-wildlife conflict refers to the interaction between wild animals and humans, and the resultant negative impact on people, animals, resources, and habitats. It takes many forms including depredation of livestock or injury to wild animals and humans and degradation of habitat. Human-wildlife conflict is a global issue prevalent in urban and rural landscapes alike.
Well established and smoothly managed systems go a long way in addressing this rising problem. For instance, in some cases, Forest departments have established compensatory mechanisms to offer monetary compensation for losses sustained due to human-wildlife conflict. These systems hope to deter the need for retaliatory killings of animals, and to financially incentive the co-existing of humans and wildlife.
Behind the rescue operation: Andhra Pradesh Forest Department.
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