Effective wildlife conservation efforts have led to growing populations of tigers, leopards and elephants in India’s Western Ghats. This conservation success has increased the frequency and severity of crop and property damage, livestock predation and occasionally human injury and death. Research led by Dr Krithi K. Karanth in 17 sites across India interviewing 10,000 households identified conflict hotspots including around Bandipur and Nagarahole Tiger Reserves. These reserves are home to globally important populations of tigers, leopards and elephants. When wildlife is seen as a cost, in lost crops and livestock, and as a threat to safety it is unsurprising that local families retaliate by killing “problem” animals. Live monitoring and response have enabled us to identify locations where repeated losses or encounters have taken place. For families experiencing repeat depredation incidents, Wild Seve has built several predator-proof livestock sheds. Wild Seve staff also actively support other requests from people to assist them with wildlife-related issues in their village.Till date, Wild Seve has assisted by more than 12,174 families file claims with almost 5,400 receiving $235,387 (₹ 1,61,64,286) in compensation.