Farmers Perceived Options of Human Elephant Conflict Mitigation

K. Senthilkumar, P. Mathialagan, C. Manivannan


Elephants are huge feeders and consume a variety of floral species. Various reports are available on feeding behaviour of elephants and there are great variation in their choice, preference, diet etc. depending upon the availability of fodder species. Hence there is huge conflict issue is prevailing still today. A semi-structured pre-tested interview schedule was prepared and the data was collected to find out the farmer’s perceived option of human-elephant conflict mitigation strategies. The data so collected were statistically analysed. The farmers opined mitigation methods viz., relocation of conflict animals to their natural habitats, non-lethal methods-deterrents, insurance, intensifying human vigilance, fencing, guard animals, land use planning, indirect compensation, awareness creation about HEC,  mercy killing, in that order of preference.

Keywords: Human-elephant conflict, mitigation strategies, awareness creation, land use planning

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