The number of tigers in Nepal has more than doubled in the last 10 years. It is undoubtedly a unique feat. Because the tiger was on the verge of extinction in the country.
But with the increase in tiger numbers comes both joy and concern. Many local residents are victims of tiger attacks. BBC news
Aayush Jung Bahadur Rana, leader of an organization for the protection of tigers. He said, ‘There are two kinds of feelings when you face a tiger. One is, ‘What a wonderful creation this is!’ The other is, ‘This is my soul!’
Ayush said he conducts armed patrols in the open plains and dense thickets of Bardiya, the largest and most protected national park in Nepal’s Terai region.
Bengal tiger often falls in front of him. He said that it is an honor to appointed in charge of tiger protection.
Nepal’s zero-poaching system has helped save tigers. The country’s military also supports groups working to protect tigers in national parks.
Community anti-poaching units in sanctuaries adjacent to the park monitor the natural entrances, allowing tigers to roam safely.
One such part of the park known as Khata Corridor. It connects the Bardia National Park with the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary on the Indian border.
But the return of tigers through the area has posed a threat to people living in the bordering areas of the park.
A businessman named Manoj Gutam said that the people of this area are at risk. Predators and humans move through the same area.
The area is also quite narrow. The people of that area have paid the price to double the number of tigers in Nepal.
16 people have died in tiger attacks in Nepal in the last 12 months. In the previous five years, the total number was 10.
Most of the attacks occurred while villagers were staying in national parks or sanctuaries to graze livestock or collect fruits, mushrooms and wood.
Many times it has seen that tigers have come out of the park and attacked the locality. Although these villages fenced to prevent wild animals from entering, predators can easily cross the fence.
A local resident named Vadai Tharu attacked a tiger in 2004. He described that moment as worse than war.
While acting, he said, ‘The tiger jumped on my face with a huge roar. It really throws me off. Then the tiger jumped back like a bouncing ball.
I punched with all my might and screamed for help.” Vadai Tharu said he lost an eye in the tiger attack.🔱