Bad grass-cutting advice ends in sad consequences in Kanha National Park

I have just returned from India (April 2015), specifically Kanha National Park, where everyone was talking about how some South African “experts on forest management” came in and advised the Madya Pradesh Forest Department to cut the grasses in the Kanha zone of the park.

As a result, the prey animals who use the grasses as fodder were forced to move out of the Kanha zone and into other zones, particularly the neighbouring Mukki zone.

Consequently, the tigers followed their prey from Kanha, moved out of that zone and moved into Mukki zone. As a result of this, when I was there, there were 7 males in Mukki who were fighting for territory, and a tigress trying to protect her four 10 month old cubs.  She was even false-mating with the these males in her best efforts to save her cubs.

All because of grass being unnecessarily cut instead of letting nature take its course.

I have sadly just received this email from a friend in Kanha, who writes:

“There is bad news on the tiger front as 2 of the 4 cubs of the Mahaveer female have been killed by a rival male and their father has also been wounded badly. Looks like he will also die.”

Who are these “experts on forest management” I ask?

Why did the MP Forest Department listen to them and follow through on their advice?

And why can’t humans just leave nature to take it’s course?

 

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