500 people, 100 jumbos die in battle yearly: Report

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar at present mentioned the federal government was dedicated in the direction of an enduring and sturdy resolution to the human-elephant battle and fodder and water augmentation programme in jungle areas would have the ability to cut back such incidents that end result within the loss of life of people and elephants.

“Efforts are in full swing to provide food and water to the animals in the forests itself to deal with the growing human-animal conflict cases. Hopefully, from next year there will be ample availability of water and fodder so that elephants do not have to venture out in search of food,” Javadekar mentioned, releasing a compendium on greatest practices of human-elephant battle administration in India on the eve of World Elephant Day.

Every 12 months, human-elephant conflicts end result within the loss of life of round 500 people, injury to 1000’s of homes and tens of millions of hectares of crops. Over 100 elephants die attributable to human-related actions like poaching for ivory or meat, poisoning, electrocution and collision with trains, in accordance with the report. A reminder of such a battle got here just lately when a pregnant wild elephant died after consuming a fruit full of firecrackers, resulting in public outrage.

The minister mentioned India was taking on the bold fodder and water augmentation in jungle areas utilizing the LIDAR-based survey know-how. The work will begin in December, following which subsequent 12 months there could be loads of meals and water accessible and discount in human-animal battle.

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