IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 8, August 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Human–Wildlife Conflict refers to conflict between wild animals and humans due to overlapping of human population and wildlife territory. The conflict leads to loss of life and injury of both humans and animals, loss of wealth, resources. Such interaction between human communities and wildlife is a matter of great concern due to its growing negative impact. Animals are bound to stray into human territory when forested areas, from where they acquire prey, are destroyed and corridors of their natural movement are encroached upon. Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar district of West Bengal are covered with dense forest and grassland and it is the shelter of many endangered species. But due to increasing human population and wildlife, depletion of green cover, decline in fodder of wild animals and developmental activities in protected areas; human wildlife conflict occurs in these districts. This paper is an attempt to find out the nature, causes, consequences of human wildlife conflict in Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar district and to suggest some solutions to control the problem for biodiversity conservation.