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Scientific Transactions in Environment and Technovation Journal(STET), 05 Dec 2016 | 0
Year : 2015 | Volume: 7 | Issue: 2 | Pages : 69-76

Human – Elephant (Elephas maximus) Conflict in Southern India: People’s
perception on conflict and elephant conservation in Coimbatore Forest Division.

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Nowadays the Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) is a challenging issue faced by the managers for conserving elephant
population in all its ranges.Understanding the mind sets of the local people is essential for implementing any mitigating
mechanisms. The present study provides information regarding the people’s perception in and around the Coimbatore
Forest Division in the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve of Western Ghats. 281 persons wore interviewed in and around Coimbatore
Forest Division using questionnaire method, representing 77% of people (n=281) who live for many generations, 12% of
people were belonged to second generation, and 11% of people were settled very recently. Among them, people who live
for many generations experienced (82%) more crop damage by elephants. Among the forest ranges, peoples from Sirumugai
(86%) and Karamadai (85%) forest ranges were severely affected by elephants, at least once during their life time. Respondent’s
opinion on 1st elephant visit in their place revealed that frequent elephant visit during the year of 2001-2005, followed by
2006-2010 (25%), 1996-2000 (17%) and 2011-14 (15%).It was interesting to note that just 3% of people had experienced before
1995.

Keywords: Asian elephant, Coimbatore Forest Division, elephant conservation, human-elephant conflict, People’s perception.

Citation: *, ( 2015), Human – Elephant (Elephas maximus) Conflict in Southern India: People’s
perception on conflict and elephant conservation in Coimbatore Forest Division.. Scientific Transactions in Environment and Technovation Journal(STET), 7(2): 69-76

Received: 2016-05-12 07:58:58; Accepted: 2016-05-12 07:59:07;
Published: 12/05/2016

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