India: Wild animals have killed over 1,100 people in last 3 years, new analysis shows

Conflict with wild animals, mostly elephants and tigers, has killed more than 1,100 people across India in the past three years (2014-17), according to data from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

While encroachment on forest areas for purposes such as agriculture and infrastructure is increasingly driving wildlife towards human settlements, government solutions to barricade areas around human habitation or take “necessary” steps against animals perceived as threats are not working, according to a June 2017 study by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), the government’s auditor, from Karnataka’s forests.

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