Suitable habitats of Indian Grey Wolves in eastern India lie outside protected areas, says study


In February 2019, people from three villages in the Jhargram district of West Bengal feared a wolf that had attacked eight people. Local newspapers reported that in a neighbouring village, three men sitting around a fire were attacked by a wolf, and one of them later died at a hospital. The increasing incidents of wolf attacks in the region was a cause of concern for those working in the fields. Finally, a wolf trying to hunt a sheep in the village was captured by the locals and handed over to the authorities. Often, villagers retaliate by poisoning wolves or killing them when they find their livestock missing. However, data shows that more wolves are attacked and killed by humans than humans are by wolves. During the British rule, wolves were declared as vermin, and about 200,000 wolves were reportedly killed in India.

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