Man-Elephant Conflict sheds new light on the causes and consequences of elephant migration in the Panchet Forest Division of Bankura District in West Bengal, India – an area characterized by fragmented forested landscape modified by agriculture and settlement expansion. Anthropogenic activities result in the decline in quality and coverage of forests, loss of biodiversity and removal of forest corridors which ultimately restrict or modify the movement of elephants causing a forceful change of their habitats.
A major objective of this monograph is to identify the characteristics of man-elephant conflicts in terms of land use change, cropping patterns, ecological characteristics of the fragmented dry deciduous forest, trends and patterns of elephant migration, and livelihood patterns of the inhabitants in the affected areas. Readers will discover insights into changes in the behavioral pattern of elephants and local people in the conflict ridden zones, and how this influences food selection. Through Man-Elephant Conflict we also learn about rational management strategies that can be employed on the local and national level to mitigate human-elephant conflicts.
Ecologists, landscape conservation planners and environmental managers engaged in the conservation of large vertebrates in fragmenting and human-dominated landscapes will find this book valuable.
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Dr. Nilanjana Das Chatterjee is an Assistant Professor in the Geography and Environmental Science department at Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, India.