Elephants, tigers kill one human a day in India

Endangered elephants and tigers are killing one person a day in India as humans move further into their habitat, according to new government figures.

But man is in turn killing a leopard a day as the man-animal tussle for space reaches new heights.

India has lost vast swathes of forests to urbanisation in recent decades, forcing animals into human-occupied zones.

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Pictured is an elephant attacking an Indian man in a village in West Bengal state. Endangered elephants and tigers are killing one person a day in India as humans put a growing squeeze on their habitat, according to new government figures

Pictured is an elephant attacking an Indian man in a village in West Bengal state. Endangered elephants and tigers are killing one person a day in India as humans put a growing squeeze on their habitat, according to new government figures

ELEPHANT AND TIGER ATTACKS IN INDIA 

Elephants accounted for 1,052 human deaths and tigers 92, according to the figures released to Indian parliament last week.

West Bengal state accounted for more than a quarter of deaths.

The eastern state has nearly 800 elephants and is also home to famed Bengal tigers.

Most attacks on humans by elephants take place in so-called elephant corridors which they have used for centuries but are now being overrun by humans.

India has nearly 30,000 elephants and is home to half the world's tiger population with some 2,226 of the big cats roaming its reserves, according to the last official count in 2014. Both are endangered species. 

According to the environment ministry, 1,144 people were killed in attacks across India in 1,143 days between April 2014 and May this year.

And there is no sign of the toll being cut.

The ministry said 345 tigers and 84 elephants were killed in the same period, mostly in poacher attacks as the mammals are hunted for their tusks.

Siddhanta Das, the ministry's director general of forests, said human encroachment into animal territory was causing the deaths.

'We are running awareness campaigns to minimise the casualties,' Mr Das told AFP.

Elephants accounted for 1,052 human deaths and tigers 92, according to the figures released to parliament last

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