Ways to contain man-elephant conflict suggested
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 17:09
Bangalore: As part of steps to resolve man-elephant conflict in the state, Karnataka Forest Minister CP Yogeshwar on Saturday suggested strict measures including stopping encroachment of forest land by resorts and jungle lodges and industry.

Yogeshwar suggested these measures at a brainstorming session on human-elephant conflict attended by experts including Chief Conservator of Forests Ajai Desai, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests AK Verma, CCF (Wildlife) BK Singh and Principal Secretary Koushik.

The session was held in the wake of the High Court direction to the state government to frame ways and means to end man-elephant conflict.

For the last one decade more than 250 elephants had died and an equal number of people killed in Karnataka in the conflict. Elephants entering agriculture fields in the borders of forests has become a common sight in the recent past.

The hotspots of human-elephant conflict in the State include Hassan, Coorg, Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajnagar, Bennerghatta National Park. Verma suggested formation of Mobile Squads to monitor the movement of elephants.


First Published: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 17:09

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