Travelling along the river beside the villages of the Sundarbans, the beauty of the forest is truly amazing. Sunlight glistening over the water, the sound of the waves, the sights and sounds of various birds and the endless green forest brings a sense of serenity. But as the boatmen mention, the area was much more serene, the forest was far more endless. Illegal tree felling and increased venturing into the forest by the villagers for gathering resources has severely impacted and diminished the forest, resulting in more frequent stray tiger attacks on the villages. The objective of our team was to find out firsthand about this destructive phenomenon and why those that depended on the forest the most were participating in its demise and inviting an apex predator to their doorstep.
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