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Six people were killed in the human-animal conflict in 2016-17, and nine in 2017-18. In 2018-19, tiger, leopard and wild boar attacks killed seven, four, and three people respectively in Maharashtra's Brahmapuri Forest Division.
Spread over 986 sq km, having over 610 villages, The Brahmapuri division, which has five forest ranges, has the reputation of being the best conservation model outside protected areas such as tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries.
The period between late May and March is the season for Mahua Flowers and Tendu Leaves. It is the time, the villagers cannot stay away from forests. The villagers also depend on the forests for firewood.
The spike in attacks by tigers in Brahmapuri this year notwithstanding, the big cats do not naturally or habitually attack humans. While traditionally, tigers have killed more poeple in the Sunderbans than anywhere else in the country, pockets around the Tadoba Reserve in Maharashtra and Corbett in Uttarakhand have of late seen increased chronic human-animal conflict.
Most conflict zones have a history of drastic changes in land use. The Sunderbans had to absorb a huge influx of settlers under the British, and again after the Bangladesh War. Dense malarial forests along the Shivalik foothills - the terrai - became inhabitable for the masses of people who moved in following independence.
Change of land use in forest begins with deforestation. As more people spend more time inside tiger forests, the chances of accidental encounters with the big cats increase dramatically.
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