Increasing tiger mortality in Nepal: a bump in the road?

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Bhandari, Shivish, Shrestha, Uttam Babu and Aryal, Achyut. 2019. "Increasing tiger mortality in Nepal: a bump in the road?" Biodiversity and Conservation. 28 (14), pp. 4115-4118. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-019-01849-x
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Increasing tiger mortality in Nepal: a bump in the road?

ERA Journal ID3210
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBhandari, Shivish (Author), Shrestha, Uttam Babu (Author) and Aryal, Achyut (Author)
Journal TitleBiodiversity and Conservation
Journal Citation28 (14), pp. 4115-4118
Number of Pages4
Year2019
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISSN0960-3115
1572-9710
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-019-01849-x
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-019-01849-x
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Tiger populations in Nepal increased from 121 in 2009 to around 235 in 2018 (Jaznkya 2018). If this trend continues, Nepal could be the first country to double its national tiger population under the T × 2 goal of doubling the world’s tiger population by 2022 set at the World Tiger Submit in 2010 in St Petersburg, Russia. Despite some doubts in the number of tigers estimated and criticism with the questionable census method (Dixit 2018; Karanth et al. 2011), the reported increase brings optimism for the future of this endangered species, and for Nepal’s conservation success. Changes in tiger conservation policies and programmes, the establishment of a new protected area, control of illegal hunting and poaching, and increased private funding and capacity building are regarded as major contributing factors for the increase in the tiger population (Karki et al. 2011; GON 2013; Dixit 2018). Despite this success, the challenges of tiger conservation in Nepal have increased considerably even in the face of increased tiger mortality which exacerbates the problem.

KeywordsPanthera Tigris; National park; Conflict
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410401. Conservation and biodiversity
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Byline AffiliationsAustin Peay State University, United States
Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Nepal
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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