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Mayukh Chatterjee, Krishnendu Basak, Prem Chandra Pandey,
Saurabh Kr Singhai, NVK Ashraf and Rahul Kaul

Mitigating Conflict between Humans and
Big Cat Species in Uttar Pradesh

LIVING WITH THE WILD

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laws, and basic precautionary measures to be taken
during conflict situations. These teams were also
provided basic equipment such as flashlights and
first-aid kits.

In the following year seven more PRTs were
constituted in the villages of Karikot, Sujauli,
Rampurwa-Matehi, Anandnagar, Mangalpurwa,
Koptanda and Devhana. These villages were
prioritised based on the frequency of human-big
cat conflict cases recorded in the last decade,
their closeness to clusters of villages where
similar cases had been recorded in the past, and
the willingness of local people to play an active
role in conflict mitigation. Although a total of
10 PRTs were constituted, the Barkharia village
PRT was subsequently dissolved and a few of the
PRT members assimilated into the Anandnagar
PRT, as no cases of big cat related conflict had
arisen in Barkharia in 2011-12.

The nine PRTs currently set up across the

landscape cater to over 60 adjoining villages
whenever conflict scenarios are reported. During
any reported case in a village, the nearest PRT
relays information to locally appointed forest
guards and the nearest RRT unit. Concurrently,
they notify all villagers of the presence of a big
cat and inform them about the precautions to be
taken. In case of attacks on humans, PRTs also
deliver first-aid care and/or rush the injured to
nearby hospitals or medical care centres, and
later liaise with the local forest department
for the disbursement of compensation. They
also actively prohibit the formation of crowds,
especially around the area where the animal
may be hiding. Additionally, PRTs organise
village level meetings at various locations in the
larger landscape and assist the project team in
conducting consultative awareness programmes
for local villagers. In these programmes or meets,
PRT members interact with villagers about their
own experiences of conflict and help sensitise
local people about the need to conserve wildlife.

Plate 13: An ongoing PRT meeting

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Plate 14: A signboard displaying precautionary measures to be taken during conflict situations, erected at a PRT village
(left); and PRT members being provided with first-aid kits and flashlights

Table 11: Important cases of human-big cat conflict addressed independently by PRTs,
that directly resulted in the saving of human and animal lives

Date Nature of incident Intervention by PRT

22 March
2015
(7.30p.m.)

A 14-year-old boy was attacked and mauled
by a leopard just outside his house in
Ajamgarh village of Karikot Forest Circle in
Katerniaghat WLS.

The Karikot village PRT helped in rescuing
the victim, rushing him for medical treatment
and facilitating the reimbursement of
relief (medical expenses) from the forest
department, thus saving the boy’s life. The
PRT also held a meeting with the victim’s
family and neighbours, pacifying them and
preventing any aggravated reaction against
the leopard.

04 June 2015 A six-year-old boy named Alam was attacked
by a leopard inside his house in Karikot
village in Katerniaghat WLS. The boy’s
mother raised alarm and villagers rushed in
and mobbed the leopard, upon which it left
the boy and retreated into the forest.

The Karikot PRT members were immediately
summoned and the boy was rushed to the
hospital in Bahraich without delay. At the
hospital, the boy was treated for two puncture
wounds on the neck and head. The PRT
members addressed the situation expediently,
preventing the formation of a mob and any
retaliatory action against the leopard. As a
consequence, the project RRT did not have to
intervene directly.

04 September
2015
(6.30p.m.)

An 11-year-old boy named Rohit was
attacked by a leopard while he was
sitting in the courtyard of his house in
Azamgarpurwa village near Katerniaghat
WLS. The leopard dragged the boy into the
nearby paddy fields and his family raised
the alarm on hearing his screams. As other
villagers gathered and the news spread,
they contacted the nearest (Rampurwa-
Matehi) PRT.

The villagers along with the PRT members
promptly launched a search among the paddy
fields. They found the boy in a state of shock;
fortunately the leopard had not seriously
injured him. He was rushed to the nearest
dispensary/medical centre for the treatment
of his injuries. The PRT’s swift intervention
saved the boy’s life and ensured that there was
no retaliatory action against the leopard.

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Poisons and the Pachyderm
Responding to poisoning in Asian elephants - A field guide

Commentaries on Wildlife Law
Cases, statues & notifications

Pakke Pachyderms
Ecology and conservation of Asian elephants in Kameng elephant reserve, Arunachal Pradesh

Bringing Back Manas
Conserving the forests and wildlife of the Bodoland Territorial Council

Canopies and Corridors
Conserving the forest of Garo Hills with elephant and gibbon as flagships

Hasthisiksha
A manual on humane training of elephant calves destined for permanent captivity

Crane Constituencies
Important Sarus Wetland Sites in the Agricultural Landscape of Eastern Uttar Pradesh

Right of Passage (2nd Edition)
Elephant corridors of India

D. OTHERS

Wrap up the Trade
An international campaign to save the endangered Tibetan Antelope

Tiger Bridge
Nine days on a bend of the Nauranala

Emergency Network Relief Digest 2005-2006

Emergency Network Relief Digest 2006-2007

Action Tiger
Tiger action plans of 12 tiger range countries

Born to be Wild
Commemorating a decade of Wildlife Rescue and Rehablilitation

Tigers of North Kheri
A collection of short stories and articles penned by Ashok Kumar

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