Us Versus the Tigers: The Inherent Conflict of Conservation

By Melissa Lafsky | December 8, 2008 12:20 pm

tigerOne of the more fascinating—and troubling—undercurrents of the conservation movement is that it has a clear, unalterable lid: We want to conserve species and their habitats, but not at the expense of our own well-being. In other words, when it’s them v. us, the furry critters will get it every time (a phenomenon handily illustrated by just about every creature movie).

Now, as Michael Wall reports in ScienceNOW Daily News, this man-beast conflict is coming to a dramatic head in Nepal, where villagers have undergone an extensive campaign to rebuild degraded forests in an effort to restore the dwindling tiger population. The giant cats—or what remains of them—have been shoved for years into smaller and smaller spaces in between villages, fields, and roads.

To keep the species from perishing entirely, for over a decade the Nepalese government has been working to expand the tiger reserves. Local communities have also joined in, managing the recovering forests and learning to allocate now-smaller resources like firewood and livestock grounds. In fact, the program has been a near-model of conservation in action, with the tiger parks giving back portions of their revenues to the sacrificing communities.

The only party that isn’t complacent in this whole affair, unfortunately, is the tigers. With their numbers on the rise—and the number of humans surrounding them not decreasing—they’re attacking people in record numbers.

According to the latest research:

[K]illings soared once the buffer-zone forests bounced back, from an average of 1.2 people per year in the first 2 decades to 7.2 thereafter. The killing rate jumped nearly threefold inside the park and more than ninefold inside the buffer zone, the team reports in this month’s issue of Biological Conservation.

All of which leaves conservationists and academics declaring an uneasy victory—the tigers are successfully breeding in their new habitats!—while the villagers who’ve been scrimping and sacrificing to help the beasts are now worried about being mauled. There’s your kicker: No one ever said that gratitude was a prerequisite in the animal kingdom.

Meanwhile, in poetically ironic timing, the Bush administration is overturning a 25-year-old ban on carrying concealed firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. So we can be sure to blow the head off any ungrateful bears or moose that fail to recognize our tax dollars are paying for their stomping ground.

Related:
RB: Bush Tries to Do Good for the Environment; Cheney Smacks Him Down
RB: Save the Ugly Animals!
RB: Are Conservationists Favoring Cuddly Animals?

Image: iStockPhoto

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Science Goes to Washington

Comments (51)

  1. Welcome to purchase online or contact us and we will be happy to provide you with the best quality service of replica rolex .
    replica watches paypal is loved by many young people.It’s one of hot items of our company.If you haven’t worn fake rolex watches you are missing out.They are fashiona and nice.

  2. with many years’ devotional research and exploitation, MBT shoes finally plunged to market in 1996 and have aroused consumers’ great interest. Recently,MBT Lami shoes has a huge sales network in over 20 countries with products sales. Every year this kind of revolutionary products is in sales of approximately one million pairs. Its such popularity attribute to MBT chapa shoes having the hope that help people around the world have a more healthy, active and happy life.
    When wearing MBT M.Walk shoes , the straightening degree of the body will be increased by 10% than the degree of wearing traditional shoes, which will be more helpful to shape good buttocks and back. It also increases the hip muscle exercise by more than 9%. Lead a healthy lifestyle from every step.

  3. gragg advertising made the top tweets site 100tweets of whatever its called. gragg is working towards trying to break the barrier on becoming the kansas cities top twitter profile that has the most followers. I am pretty excited about this endeavor. gragg advertising

  4. ugg new york so porpular,it like
    Straighteners in new york,so
    ugg outlet is very well.in china there are many
    ghd and
    uggs outlet.and I think you will like it!

  5. In 2009 the most popular buy wow gold, new! cheap wow gold, As many wow power leveling people’s favorite!x0106 wow power leveling

  6. High-quality, I found your website while I was doing a research on the internet.

  7. Interesting webpage. My class mates and I were just talking about this the other day. Also your page looks great on my old palm treo. Now thats uncommon. Keep it up.

  8. hanyu

    Support of the Lou Zhu, Lou Zhu worked hard
    Signature——————————————————————————————————————–
    Nothing is impossible for a willing heart.
    ugg bailey button
    ugg classic cardy

  9. linda

    Are you still worried about how to put the song to iphone ringtone? iTunes Ringtones Creator is the answer, which can make your own ringtones from a wide range of video and audio files in your library and send the created ringtone to your iPhone 3G and all other models directly. You may also interested in this ultra iPhone 3G Ringtone.
    WMV Converter for Mac
    VOB Converter for Mac
    MOV Converter for Mac
    MPEG Converter for Mac
    AVI Converter for Mac
    FLV to MOV Mac

  10. ugg boots london|ugg london
    We are the best online dealer,about all kinds of new ugg boots.Run retailing and wholesale trade wordwidely for years. Free Shipping And Customs,Super Sale Off Retailing,With 1Week Delivery to your door.

    ugg bailey button boots ugg bailey button boots
    UGG Nightfall Boots sale UGG Nightfall Boots sale
    classic tall ugg boots classic tall ugg boots
    bailey button ugg bailey button ugg
    button ugg boots button ugg boots
    ugg button boots ugg button boots

  11. Nice blog. I got a lot of great info. I’ve been watching this technology for awhile. It’s fascinating how it keeps changing, yet some of the core elements stay the same. Have you seen much change since Google made their latest acquisition in the area?

  12. nike star shoes
    nike all star shoes
    NBA star shoes
    nike basketball shoes
    Michael Jackson Memorial
    Air Pippen I
    Barry Sanders Zoom Turf
    Charles Barkley
    Dennis Rodman
    Huarache 08 BBall
    Kevin Garnett
    Kobe Bryant
    LeBron James
    Max Tempo 2 Duke Blue Devils
    Nike Air 2 Strong
    Nike Air Assault High
    Nike Air Bound
    Nike Air Darwin
    Nike Air Foamposite
    Nike Air Force 180
    Nike Air Force 25 Supreme
    Dream Team
    Kevin Garnett6
    William Anthony Parker3
    Paul Pierce
    William Anthony Parker4
    Steve Nash
    Vince Carter
    Tracy McGrady
    Tracy McGrady8
    Kobe Bryant shoes
    Nike Kobe shoes
    Bryant shoes
    Kevin Garnett Shoes
    Charles Barkley shoes
    Barkley shoes
    Vince Carter Shoes
    Dennis Rodman Shoes
    Nike Air Foamposite
    Nike Air Pippen
    LeBron James shoes
    LeBron shoes
    James shoes
    Parker shoes
    Steve Nash shoes
    Nash shoes
    Carter shoes
    cheap jerseys
    Wholesale jerseys
    soccer jerseys
    nba jerseys
    mlb jerseys
    nfl jerseys
    nhl jerseys
    soccer jersey
    Nba Jerseys
    Mlb Jerseys
    nfl jerseys
    nhl jerseys
    jerseys
    ugg boots
    buy ugg
    buy ugg boots
    buy uggs
    buy cheap ugg
    buy cheap uggs
    cheap ugg boots
    cheap uggs
    uggs outlet
    ugg outlet
    ugg boots outlet
    wholesale ugg boots
    discount ugg boots
    ugg boots on sale
    ugg boots for sale
    uggs.com
    uggs on sale
    uggs outlet
    ugg outlet store
    ugg outlet stores
    ugg boots
    ugg boots sale
    uggs sale
    uggs
    ugg
    uggs boots
    uggs boots sale
    boots on sale
    ugg Australia
    ugg boots on sale
    ugg boots sale
    ugg sale
    ugg outlet
    ugg boots outlet
    ugg boots cheap
    uggs for cheap
    cheap uggs for sale
    sale ugg boots
    sale uggs
    sale ugg
    Cheap UGGS
    Cheap UGG
    Cheap UGG boots
    cheap ugg boots
    wholesale uggs
    cheap uggs
    wholesale ugg boots
    ugg boot
    uggs wholesale
    uggs on sale
    discount uggs boots
    uggs for cheap
    Uggs
    discount ugg boots
    uggs on sale
    cheap ugg boots
    Ugg Australia
    Ugg Boots
    discount ugg
    Ugg Sale
    Cheap uggs
    UGG Sheepskin Boots
    Ugg On sale
    Ugg
    Uggs Online Sale
    buy uggs
    Buy Ugg Boots
    Buy Uggs
    Buy Uggs Online
    ugg online
    ugg boots online
    Australia UGGS
    Australia Ugg Boots
    ugg bags
    Wholesale UGGS
    Wholesale Ugg Boots
    Ugg classic cardy
    Classic Ugg Boots
    winter ugg boots
    buy cheap uggs
    Ugg Boots Online
    Ugg Boots Onsale

    Uggs outlet
    Ugg outlet
    sale ugg
    ugg Australia
    ugg outlet store
    uggs outlet stores
    wholesale uggs
    ugg wholesale
    ugg sale
    uggs sale
    cheap ugg
    ugg boots
    uggs
    australia ugg
    ugg sheepskin boots
    ugg sheepskin
    ugg news
    hot ugg
    trade ugg
    ugg trade

  13. This was an interesting read, I tend to agree with you.

  14. Or just take a pick and make sure you can bring it back if she hates it.

  15. Imagine this scenario: Your daughter opening up the gift, sees that it could be Gucci, then as she realizes her mother is a total cheapo, her face falls and she runs to her room, crying.

  16. Your article definitely was 1 of the best things of my Wednesday. I was on Msn browsing for some thing entirely not related when the subject caught my attention. I

  17. Hi , when viewing at the website i notice some type of odd codes all around the page, in case it

  18. Your blog post undeniably was 1 of the top points of my Wednesday. I was initially on Bing browsing for some thing totally not related when the name caught my notice. I

  19. Hello, just decided i would enlighten you something.. This is twice today i

  20. Hello, just supposed i would enlighten you some thing.. This is twice these days i

  21. G4VQov oanrlaqtmvts, [url=http://ebmarfxncjls.com/]ebmarfxncjls[/url], [link=http://oogzkdpeyzjf.com/]oogzkdpeyzjf[/link], http://msjdivozcnkv.com/

  22. KV1FCw yqnxhcjwqvwo, [url=http://dlckqkrnyiyt.com/]dlckqkrnyiyt[/url], [link=http://mndftgodbasx.com/]mndftgodbasx[/link], http://aaqevyhymrmt.com/

  23. lready locked in male adulthood, there’s more bad news: Men in New York City are reportedly losing their desire for sexporno film</a because of the financial crisis. According to a (highly non-scientific, but not unbelievable) trend piece in the New York Post, many former masters of the universe are shunning coitus due to anxiety over job losses, lost wealth, and other monetary realities of 2008.
    -
    indirmeden izle-inndir-şarkisini dinle-justin tv-yükle-full porno indirkonulu pornoliseli kizlar-sexsi-firikik-yesilcam pornosu-anal sikis-canli sikisuzun pornolar—-full porno indir

    -recepivedik3sinemacekimikutsaldamacana2idman
    xvideosvidyo—”>>günlükfilm-tikla indir-

    yeni videolar
    While a host of psycho-social factors are likely behind this reported mass libido-loss (assuming that it’s true), it’s possible that a growing disinterest in sex during an economic crisis is linked to physiology, and perhaps even evolution. In other words, hard economic times may translate into a built-in desire for less procreation.
    kvp filistinkurtlarvadisi filistin
    We know that economic hard times and sex/birthrates are linked: fertility declines during recessions, primarily due to the fact that fami

  24. sdf

    cheap car insurance quotes cheap car insurance quotes
    cheap california auto insurance cheap california auto insurance
    tomic tomic
    Cartier Montblanc Cartier Montblanc
    blackberry fans blackberry fans
    jordan shoes jordan shoes
    true religion true religion
    love coach handbags love coach handbags
    monica~yo monica~yo
    nfl jerseys nfl jerseys
    ed hardy shirt ed hardy shirt
    weight loss tips weight loss tips
    ghd ghd
    seochan seochan
    jerseys jerseys
    shoes shoes
    wholesale wholesale
    abercrombie fitch abercrombie fitch
    tomic tomic
    time’s up time’s up
    skechers shape ups shoes skechers shape ups shoes

  25. Women love Louis Vuitton and purses and especially if LV UK is a branded Louis Vuitton Bags like LV, they would be on the seventh heaven.LV Handbag Adorning an authentic Louis Vuitton Wallet adds more style. to your wardrobe and it is a precious addition to your accessory collection. TheLouis Vuitton Handbags brand symbolizes glamour, elegance, style. and sophistication. LV Bags Women consider Louis Vuitton Replica Monogram Denim Cruise as a status symbol and love to flaunt the same. Women love attention and if they are carrying an LV Wallet brand, it is for sure that it is going t be noticed. The only hitch is that an original Louis Vuitton UK Mahina Leather is far too expensive and cannot be afforded by a layman.LV Replica
    look at the price and all your desires are going to get drowned.

  26. In fact, some people kill for a the designers or those who already the rounds of thrift shops. Undoubtedly much value is in an authentic Gucci Bags, or 15 years or 15 minutes old.Gucci Louis VuittonGucci Shoes and Louis Vuitton Shoes started with a small luggage and saddlery company in Florence, where they sell leather that are produced exclusively by artisans of Florence. The entitlement to seek international supportCustomer opens Discount Gucci Handbags Louis Vuitton Handbags i another company, this time in Via Condotti in Rome. Although very popular with Consumers, it was not until 1947 that the first Gucci UK and Louis Vuitton UK reached icon the state with the bag until you have a bamboo handle. The bag was introduced by Gucci Bags Discount, was a great success with the icon of the Gucci Shoulder Bag and Louis Vuitton BagBelt lines deriv>ed from the circle. The symbol LV of the tape strips is so special Louis Vuitton Outlet and so identified with Gucci products, whetherBags or clothing that has been done in a Brand .Another symbol of Gucci Purses and Louis Wallet was introduced some years after LV UK Moccasin handbag with metal spikes.Gucci Handbags Sale.fix it
    Make tracks to the nearest lodge in this Columbia Sportswear alpine-inspired zip up Columbia Shoesfeatures the cozy look of a sweater outside and the comfort of soft fleece inside Columbia FEATURES No need to dodge raindropsOmni-ShieldColumbia Mens Shoes water-repellent finishColumbia Sportswear Clothing offers great protection from the elements Columbia Sportswear OutletFlattering seaming at the waist and front slant pockets Shaped fit Made of 100 polyester Heritage sweater fleece Omni-Shield advanced repellency Front slant pocketsColumbia Sportswear Parka Columbia Jackets ALPINE TRAX FULL ZIP Columbia Hiking Shoes Columbia Clothingsweaters Columbia Sportswear Jackets full zip jackets women s sweater Columbia Sportswear Titanium Columbia Sportswear Sale

    ed hardy

    Wedding Dresses

  27. Every medical Wholesale NFL JerseysWholesale NFL Jerseysinstitutions Wholesale NFL Jerseys chinaWholesale NFL Jerseys Chinaor modern hospital Wholesale As Seen On TVWholesale As Seen On TVwants its own Wholesale Wedding DressesWholesale Wedding Dressesmedical supplies in order to deal with emergency Wholesale Bridal DressesWholesale Bridal Dressessituations that Wholesale TelevisionsWholesale Televisionscan occur any Wholesale Makeup BrushesWholesale Makeup Brushestime without any previous warning. Therefore, Wholesale Cell Phone AccessoriesWholesale Cell Phone Accessoriesmedical institutions are designed in order to store such medical Hair WigsHair Wigssupplies that are extremely Hair Wigs DropshipHair Wigs Dropshipessential.

  28. Good post! Thanks for your information! MBT Shoes are physiological footwear.MBT sale Here You can enjoy MBT Walking Shoes on any item with Free Shipping, MBT UK No Tax, US/UK Delivery.MBT Fitness Shoes MBT have a positive effect on the entire body. MBT Lami shoes They have been highlighted for MBT Shoes Sale the principle of natural instability. MBT M.Walk shoes So (Discount) MBT Sport Shoes improves posture and gait, MBT Shoe activates the whole body, MBT and reduces stress on joint and back.

    GHD is an international design consulting company. GHD Currently has more than 6,000 employees, GHD Straighteners distribution in Australia,GHD IV MK4 Kiss New Zealand, Asia, Middle East, GHD IV MK4 Gold America and Britain’s agency in the network. GHD IV MK4 Pink More than $3.9 billion annual turnover GHD Hair Straighteners for engineering and construction,GHD IV MK4 Pink the global top 30. Companies established in 1928 GHD IV Styler

    When you shop for used Tiffany Necklace, Tiffany uk make sure that it is a real Tiffany and not a fake. Ghd Hair Some small shops,Tiffany Sets flea markets and online retailers will try to Chi Flat Iron sell you a copy of a Tiffanys design. Tiffany Rings Research the jewelry and examine pieces Ghd Iron carefully to make sure that you are buying a quality ring. GHD UK Only purchase jewelry from reputable jewelers and antique shamwow dealers.

  29. 18konuluaaaa

    rance industry abuses and denial of care. returned. Toporno film
    -erotik film-inndir-şarkisini dinle-justin tv-yükle-full porno indirkonulu pornoliseli kizlar-sexsi-de the country, free land, and even newly-renovated “doctor living communities” that would be guarded for safety. Still, as our own financial meltdown has shown, all the money and property in the wfirikik-yesilcam pornosu-anal sikis-canli sikisuzun pornolar—-full porno indir

    -recepivedik3sinemacekimikutsaldamacana2idman
    xvideosvidyo—”>>günlükfilm-tikla indir-
    pornotv
    sicak videolar-kvp filistinkurtlarvadisi filistin-xvideosvidyo—”>günlükfilmtikla indirünlü pornosuliseli pornokonulu pornolar–ysician isünlü pornosu quoted as saying çok filim hareketler bunlarthat youngerhint pornosu residents and interns are literally “studying the textbookslez porno # providing the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, reducing premium costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who are priced out of coverage today. This helps over 31 million Americans afford health care who do not get it today – and makes coverage more affordable for many more.

  30. In fact, some people kill for a the designers or those who already the rounds of thrift shops. Undoubtedly much value is in an authentic Gucci Bags, or 15 years or 15 minutes old.Gucci Louis VuittonGucci Shoes and Louis Vuitton Shoes started with a small luggage and saddlery company in Florence, where they sell leather that are produced exclusively by artisans of Florence. The entitlement to seek international supportCustomer opens Discount Gucci Handbags Louis Vuitton Handbags i another company, this time in Via Condotti in Rome. Although very popular with Consumers, it was not until 1947 that the first Gucci UK and Louis Vuitton UK reached icon the state with the bag until you have a bamboo handle. The bag was introduced by Gucci Bags Discount, was a great success with the icon of the Gucci Shoulder Bag and Louis Vuitton BagBelt lines deriv>ed from the circle. The symbol LV of the tape strips is so special Louis Vuitton Outlet and so identified with Gucci products, whetherBags or clothing that has been done in a Brand .Another symbol of Gucci Purses and Louis Wallet was introduced some years after LV UK Moccasin handbag with metal spikes.Gucci Handbags Sale.fix it
    Make tracks to the nearest lodge in this Columbia Sportswear alpine-inspired zip up Columbia Shoesfeatures the cozy look of a sweater outside and the comfort of soft fleece inside Columbia FEATURES No need to dodge raindropsOmni-ShieldColumbia Mens Shoes water-repellent finishColumbia Sportswear Clothing offers great protection from the elements Columbia Sportswear OutletFlattering seaming at the waist and front slant pockets Shaped fit Made of 100 polyester Heritage sweater fleece Omni-Shield advanced repellency Front slant pocketsColumbia Sportswear Parka Columbia Jackets ALPINE TRAX FULL ZIP Columbia Hiking Shoes Columbia Clothingsweaters Columbia Sportswear Jackets full zip jackets women s sweater Columbia Sportswear Titanium Columbia Sportswear Sale
    ed hardy
    Wedding Dresses

    Links Of London
    Lace Wigs.

  31. mbt shoes mbt shoes
    cheap mbt shoes cheap mbt shoes
    mbt shoes sale mbt shoes sale
    mbt shoes chapa mbt shoes chapa
    mbt lami mbt lami
    mbt sport 2 mbt sport 2

  32. Good post! Thanks for your information! ed hardy ChristianAudigier designers have KingofJeans “brand name” previously, ed hardy clothing Levi ‘s as such big brand designer, ed hardy swimwear then bought TATTOO DonEdHardy godfather, ed hardy hoodies the creation of patent DonEdHardy legend TATTOO art imported into the fashion element and street culture punk restoring ancient ways, ed hardy tops art and fashion TATTOO TATTOO. ed hardy t shirts When the tattoo godfather met two masters, cowboy genius cooperation redefined “street fashion” (StreetFashion),ed hardy shoes bold to create competitive spirit of America’s brand characteristics.christian audigier
    Ed paints dress often use some embroidery, ed hardy mens washing and splash-ink skill, builds a decadent debaucjed, combine the written by the master in camellia, ed hardy womens tiger, skeleton, devil, dagger and naked female tattoo pattern etc, ed hardy kids creating a series of clothes. Another strong taste of Oriental dragon and tiger), totem, tiger and squirrels belong to a new cartoon creation. Therefore a launch by Volkswagen,ed hardy accessories tattoo totem embroidered with the baseball cap is a network of hot collection value.

    G Star Raw brand legend. Contracted wind continued to dominate the beautiful boreal Europe. G Star Mens brand in 1989 by the Dutch JOS VAN TILBURG.G Star Womens In 1992, the international famous cowboy expert PIERRE MORISSER (Germany) joined LEE STAR, and G as chief designer. G Star Accessories PIERRE MORISSER international renowned garment design, knowledgeable, he also infinite originality, G Star on the injectors many innovative concept, and in the world – the STAR t0146 established distinct image.

    Nothing is as attractive as jewelry which let them enjoy the satisfaction to their heart’s content.Tiffany jewellery That is why tiffany jewelery are so popular. Tiffany Charms The traditional Indian Tiffany Jewelry dates long back and is still famed for its design. Tiffany Bracelet These popular works are one of the sought after designs shamwow worldwide.

NEW ON DISCOVER
OPEN
CITIZEN SCIENCE
Collapse bottom bar
+

Login to your Account

X
E-mail address:
Password:
Remember me
Forgot your password?
No problem. Click here to have it e-mailed to you.

Not Registered Yet?

Register now for FREE. Registration only takes a few minutes to complete. Register now »