By Joern Fischer
I came across a nice new paper in PNAS and wanted to share some thoughts about it. The paper focuses on tigers in Nepal; but we have a similar situation with bears in Romania! That is, people are everywhere and so are tigers/bears. Yet, they somehow, peceafully, co-exist. How? Why? Some interesting thoughts on this in the new paper by Carter et al.: Coexistence between wildlife and humans at fine spatial scales.
This is a nice paper worth reading for everyone who is (1) interested in how people and nature can co-exist sustainably side-by-side, and (2) interested in “human-wildlife conflicts”.
The main reason why I find this paper interesting is that it challenges the conventional view that people and carnivores cannot peacefully co-exist. In addition, the paper shows that protected areas may not be the only way to protect charismatic (and potentially dangerous) species such as tigers.
To my mind this study implies that it may be worthwhile to increasingly focus on how and why nature and people can co-exist; rather than framing studies as around “human-carnivore conflicts”.