In a rapidly urbanising society, human-animal conflict is an important paradigm. Various species, particularly predators, must adjust to a constantly changing habitat. This is exacerbated in riparian environments, which are environmentally sensitive to changes caused by human activity. The goal of this study was to see how Smooth Coated Otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) were seen by fishermen in an estuary, urbanised context in Goa, India. The goal of the questionnaire surveys was to learn more about the current status of the species and fisher-otter interactions in the Zuari estuary’s human-modified khazan regions. The survey sought information on four topics: otter presence, present and historical populations in the area; observed feeding habits; status as pests; and economic damages attributed to the species. Otter presence was found in all of the Zuari estuary’s investigated locations. The results of this study revealed that anglers have a mixed attitude toward otters in terms of their status as pests and the financial losses they have sustained. The study also provided preliminary information on the abundance of L. perspicillata in the locations studied. In the landscape, the overall threat to the species in terms of fisher-otter conflict was determined to be minimal, with no high-degree retaliatory behaviour on the part of the fishers.
Stephen Jonah Dias
Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts & Science, Margao, Goa- India.
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