The Observer of 26.10.08 has a compelling story about the increase in the number of attacks by tigers in West Bengal. Yet it’s not just a recent problem. In the village of Deulbari there have been 15 attacks already this year, six of them fatal. “The ranks of the tiger widows are swelling and the horrifying tales are multiplying.” The article ends with the words of Ashutosh Dhali who was himself attacked and left with bad injuries to his left leg: “We love tigers. We can’t hate them. They are unavoidable, they are part of the place. There are a lot of tigers around now, but without the tigers it would not be the same jungle”. Are we prepared to live in this country with this level of risk from wildlife? There has been talk of reintroducing wolves into Britain. Are we prepared to take the risks involved?