Ecological and social dimensions of sloth bear conservation in Sri Lanka

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Balancing the needs of humans and wildlife in Sri Lanka presents enormous socioeconomic and conservation challenges. Sloth bears are legally protected, but attacks on humans generate intense fear, which increases the potential for human-caused bear mortality and local extirpation of bears. In this chapter, what is known about the ecology and human dimensions of the sloth bear in a country with a teeming human population and a history of poverty and civil conflict is explored. We also address whether changes in land use in the aftermath of the civil war may have impacted sloth bear distribution and discuss the conservation outlook for bears.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Ecological and social dimensions of sloth bear conservation in Sri Lanka
Chapter 28
DOI 10.1017/9781108692571.029
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Bears of the world: Ecology, conservation and management
First page 379
Last page 386
Country Sri Lanka
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