Nepal tigers 'take night shift' to avoid humans
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Tigers in southern Nepal appear to be changing their habits so they can operate under cover of darkness and avoid coming into contact with humans, scientists said on Friday.
A study of the big cats in Chitwan National Park found that forest paths used by locals during the day were taken over by Bengal tigers at night.
Two years of research, led by an international team and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, concluded that "tigers can adapt and thrive in a human-dominated landscape".
"It opens up new questions about the capacity for tigers to adapt to people", said Mr Neil Carter of Michigan State University.