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By Saish Bhise

The world's most ferocious feline was a tigress, infamously dubbed as The Champavat Tiger. During her reign of terror which lasted around half a century, she killed around 436 people, duly registering her name in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest number of fatalities from a tiger.


The dreaded tigresses belonged to the Royal Bengal Tiger subspecies. The Royal Bengal Tiger along with the infamous Sunderban Tiger prowl the northern parts of the nation. Both the species belong to the endangered categories and are legally banned from poaching. Villagers, farmers, fishermen have various settlements in the coastal regions of the Bay of Bengal. The fertile land of the Sunderban delta is rich in flora and fauna. Various endangered species can be found here.

But, the Sunderban Tigers have kept the locals petrified of the dark. As soon as dusk falls, the locals tend to stay inside their houses. It is well-known fact that the man-eating tigers prowl the local settlements nightly. There are numerous stories of humans disappearing, never to be found again. To curb the rising man-tiger conflict cases, the local forest officials have come up with a unique idea. The officials have distributed face masks to the locals and have asked them to wear them as they venture out. The only clause here is that one has to wear the mask facing backwards. A tiger is known to stalk its prey and sneakily attack it from behind. Locals here amusingly say that the Sunderban tigers are so stealthy that if one gets to see one, it is only when its jaws are clamping down on his neck. The face mask acts as a deterrent. The tiger rarely hunts a prey face on, it prefers to abandon such prey. The ruse has been proven effective. With every rising tide, the landmass is receding, never to be afloat again. Due to the shrinking space, tigers and people are clamouring for survival. The need of the hour is for the co-existent survival of humans and tigers. With the unique pathway of double masking, man-tiger conflict cases have reduced drastically.

Along with aggressive masking, forest ministries of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan have collectively started sharing data on tigers. Data on tigers are mainly collected via GPS collar, camera traps and regular patrolling. Such data is useful for tiger conservation. In the age of Covid-19 when masking is questioned by Covid sceptics, for the people of Sunderbans masking is a proven way to save one's life.


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