Tiger attacks are an extreme form of human–wildlife conflict which occur for various reasons and have claimed more human lives than attacks by any of the other big cats. In Kerala, the majority of these attacks occurring in Wayanad District.
Last day there is a shocking video shared through Social Medias, states that a Tiger tried to attack two Forest Watchers who were riding on a bike. The incident was happened near Chethalayam on Bathery – Pulappally Road.
The video was taken by Tribal Forest Watcher Kelu. He was travelling on bike as a pillion rider. The video went viral on social media platform and it is a warning to the bike riders who are travelling through forest roads.
Tiger attack against Bike Riders at Wayanad; People Escaped – Shocking Video !!!
The video shows two people riding on a bike inside the sanctuary when one of them notices a tiger chasing them. For a few seconds, the animal keeps chasing the bike before disappearing into the jungle at the side of the road.
Reasons for attacking : If a human comes too close and surprises a sleeping or a feeding tiger (particularly if it is a tigress with cubs), the tiger may attack and kill a human. Tigers can also attack humans in a case of “mistaken identity” (for example, if a human is crouching while collecting firewood, or cutting grass) and sometimes when a tourist gets too close.
Some also recommend not riding a bike, or running in a region where tigers live in order to not provoke their chase.
There are approximately 85 or fewer people killed and injured by tigers each year. These deaths and injuries are not all deliberate; many are accidental. The incidents involving death or injuries are reported together in the statistics, as reported by the BBC. The reason for many of the human killings and injuries are due to rare incidents at zoos, or to the man-eating tigers in India.
In some cases, tigers will change their natural diet to become man-eaters. This is usually due to a tiger being incapacitated by a gunshot wound or porcupine quills, or some other factors, such as health issues and disabilities.
Most tigers will only attack a human if they cannot physically satisfy their needs otherwise. Tigers are typically wary of humans and usually show no preference for human meat. Although humans are relatively easy prey, they are not a desired source of food. Thus, most man-eating tigers are old, infirm, or have missing teeth, and choose human victims out of desperation.
Various measures were taken to prevent and reduce the number of tiger attacks with limited success. For example, since tigers almost always attack from the rear, masks with human faces were worn on the back of the head by the villagers in 1986 in the Sundarbans, on the theory that tigers usually do not attack if seen by their prey. This had temporarily decreased the number of attacks, but only for a short while before the tigers figured out it was not the front of the human being so the villagers no longer wore them for protection.
All other means to prevent tiger attacks, such as providing the tigers with more prey by releasing captive bred pigs to the reserve’s buffer zones, or placing electrified human dummies to teach tigers to associate attacking people with electric shock, did not work as well and tiger attacks continue. Many measures were thus discontinued due to lack of success.
Source – Wikipedia.