Wildlife experts have emphasised that it s unrealistic to expect free ranging lions to adjust and live together in a small space. Since the protected area is at maximum capacity, it s only natural that they wander farther in search of territory. How then should humans deal with the increasing population of an endangered carnivore that needs almost 10 kg of meat every day? Do we suspend human development in the name of conservation; should we expect them to live in harmony with us in our high rise apartments?With a different take on harmonious coexistence, Stotra Chakrabarti, Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota, says, It is not easy to live with a large carnivore in your backyard. Coexistence can vary from tolerance to co occurrence with grudges. He mentions that according to the 2015 lion census, the lion population grew by 126 percent outside the Gir Protected Area, concurrent to around a 19 percent growth in human population in Gujarat. A consistent growth in lion population would have serious implications for humans and lions, and the efforts to conserve the latter.
Coexisting with an increasing number of Asiatic lions