The office of Forest Minister A K Saseendran informed that a batch of 56 newly recruited range officers are undergoing practical training and they will be appointed in February 2024.
We reach the foothills and temple steps soon after getting information about wild elephant movement and chase them back into the forest,” said sources in the forest department.
The herd damaged the wall, door and furniture of Sri Satya Kailash School. The jumbos also knocked down a few tins of paint meant for the renovation of the school.
Basavanna of Ramapura village said he lost nearly 40 percent of his maize crop in the wild boar attack as he did not have money to install a solar fence.
A group of 79 families from eight settlements in Kuttampuzha forest, near Kothamangalam, have abandoned their land and taken refuge at Panthapra tribal colony, on the forest fringe.
Karnataka Minister for Forest Eshwar Khandr cited a report by experts which has recommended railway barricades as an effective and long-term measure to prevent straying of elephants.
Farmers’ organisations have been blaming overpopulation of wild animals, including tigers and elephants, in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary for the increase in conflicts.
As per the enumeration conducted in 2017, Kerala had 5,706 wild elephants, but the population declined to 2,386 in 2023.
The enumeration was conducted across all south Indian states from May 17 to 19, 2023. The elephant census was conducted during the same period in 2017.
Several farmlands in South Kodagu have been abandoned owing to bad weather conditions and the increased movement of wild elephants.
A growing density of reptiles and the ever-increasing anthropogenic pressure has resulted in at least 10 fatalities in crocodile attacks in the past year in Odisha's Bhitarkanika National Park.
Tampal emphasised that there isn’t a single solution to mitigate human-animal conflict but rather different approaches.
A forest officer has taken the initiative to create awareness about water conservation, climate change and man-animal conflict among school children, writes Mukesh Ranjan