The Hindu: Big cats, cow-dung, and changing rural economies?

Fluctuating coffee prices, lower demand for cow dung as manure and increasing foreign cattle varieties may be part of the changing local economy, fuelling man-carnivore conflict around Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

In the centre of this could be the replacement of native cows with the more expensive “hybrid” cattle, note researchers Jared D. Margulies from the University of Sheffield, and Krithi K. Karanth from Wildlife Conservation Society, in a paper that is being published in the journal, Geoforum, in October.

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