Urbanization reason for increase in conflict: Wildlife Dept

By: Tasaduq Hussain

Baramulla: Amid the scare of human-wild conflict, authorities in North Kashmir Monday said though there is a rise in the wild attacks on humans, the teams remain deputed round the clock and people should not panic rather adhere to the advisories.

In north Kashmir comprising of Baramulla, Kupwara, and Bandipora districts several wild animals were spotted at different places. However, there were no reports about any mid-event at any place across the three districts.

Talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) Mohammad Maqbool Wildlife Warden North Kashmir circle said that the human-wild conflict existed ever since humans came to the world but in recent the conflict has increased more while the department is taking appropriate steps to deal with the situation besides advisories is issued from time to time.

He said that awareness is generated and preventative measures are made public to ensure the safety of people while they (people) need to restrict their unnecessary movement and keep their children under close vigil besides women should not be allowed to go to the forests.

“People need not panic rather adhere to the advisories issued by the wildlife department,” he said.

About Pattan, the top officer said that the situation is being closely monitored since last week besides awareness is generated through different means and walls have been painted with required preventive measures written on them to ensure the safety of every individual.

Maqbool said that people need to cooperate and inform the department or police in case any wild animal is found anywhere and be at ease since fruit season has arrived and there are chances of movement.

About the rise in human-wild conflict, the warden said urbanization, expansion of agriculture, roads constructed within the forests including the overgrazing has led to the rise in human-wild conflict.

He also said that the wild animals usually remain and move in groups and people should not presume they are everywhere in a specific geographical area—(KNO)

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