Friday, May 16, 2008

State seeks aid from Centre to save the tiger

State seeks aid from Centre to save the tiger

Tarannum Manjul
Posted online: Thursday , May 15, 2008 at 12:48:42
Updated: Thursday , May 15, 2008 at 12:48:42

Lucknow, May 14 In an attempt to curb the increasing incidents of man-animal conflict in the tiger reserves of the state, the UP forest department is sending proposals to the Centre under the Project Tiger. The proposals seek to ensure that the natural habitat of the tiger is not disturbed.
In the last two months, over half a dozen cases of man-animal conflict have been reported from the Dudhwa National Park in Lakhimpur Kheri district and Katarniya ghat wildlife sanctuary in Behraich district. While in some cases the leopards and the tigers that had turned man-eaters were caught, in a recent incident villagers set a tiger on fire in Lakhimpur Kheri.

UP's Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden Sanjay Srivastava said that the proposals are being framed. "Since the tiger reserves are surrounded by villages, instances of man-animal conflict are quite common. We, however, are trying to ensure that such incidents do not happen," said Srivastava.

The proposals will include fencing around the human habitats and creating boundaries wherever possible. Training will be imparted to the villagers on how to deal with the conflict and preserve the natural habitat of the animal. "Such incidents are reported more during summer as the sugarcane fields are cut down and the animal strays into the villages searching for cooler areas. As a part of the project, we will also try to increase the green cover on the borders of the forest reserves," Srivastava said.

The department is already holding discussions with wildlife experts over the issue. A budget has not yet been finalised, but sources said that the project might cost Rs 10-15 crore for several programmes in both the reserves.

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