Since 2010 Nepal’s Tiger population has tripled and, the newly appointed director-general of Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation 2010, Maheswar Dhal says that a regional plan is needed to sustain the Bengal tiger population.
The tripling of the tiger population has resulted in a new wave of eco-tourism in rural Nepal.
However according to Maheswar Dhal, this trend could only be sustained by trans boundary conservation action, he notes that the punishment for tiger poaching in India, where tigers from Nepal often stray into, is much more lenient than in Nepal.
Despite the positives, various concerns have emerged about human-tiger conflict emerging. According to government figures, three people were killed on average every month in encounters with tigers during the last fiscal year, which ended in July.