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State Forest Dept to train U’khand officials
Kaumudi Kashikar-Gurjar | Monday, 20 March 2017 AT 11:01 PM IST
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Pune: Officials from the State Forest Department will train Uttarakhand forest officials to form their own rescue teams to handle cases of man-animal conflict effectively. This decision was taken during a meeting held at Dehradun on March 15, which was attended by senior officials from the Forest Division.

This is considered to be an important development against the backdrop of a recent incident, wherein an eight-year-old tiger succumbed to injuries after being crushed under an excavator on last Thursday. The incident took place near the Jim Corbett National Park.

The tiger, which attacked two persons in Ramnagar area, was severely injured after forest officials tried to control him with the heavy machine, after their efforts to tranquilise the wild animal did not succeed.

A video clip showing the tiger getting crushed under the excavator’s arm has gone viral on the social media and has attracted strong reactions from environmentalists and nature lovers across India.

Dr Vidya Athreya, biologist and researcher from the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) who has done pioneering work, along with the Forest Department in training rescue teams attended the meeting held in Dehradun, told Sakal Times, “It is a very unfortunate incident. Uttarakhand forest officials have approached the State Forest Department after analysing the State’s success in building rescue teams in Pune, Nashik and Mumbai, where cases of man-leopard conflict were reported.”

Athreya said the training of Uttarakhand forest officials to form rescue teams to handle man-leopard and man-tiger conflicts was long overdue. Earlier, the team of forest officials from Uttarakhand had visited Maharashtra in December last year to understand the department’s efforts in reducing cases of man-animal conflict in areas, where leopards were commonly seen. As a part of this initiative, it was decided that the Uttarakhand forest officials will be trained by the State Forest Department.



NGO condemns the incident

City-based NGO Wild has expressed anger and disappointment over the incident of the tiger being killed after getting crushed under the machine. Shekhar Nanajkar, President of Wild, told Sakal Times, “We will upload an online petition on www.change.org to protest against this inhuman act by the forest officials from Uttarakhand.” Nanajkar appealed to nature lovers to condemn this act by endorsing the online petition.



 
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