I am a journalist, working as Balangir correspondent of the English daily "The Pioneer" and “The Industry and Mines Observer”, an English fortnightly magazine published from Bhubneshwar. I was awarded the Trophy for "Excellence in Journalism" by noted Columnist Sri Shivaji Sarkar,in the presence of Editor in Chief -of The Pioneer,Dr Chandan Mitra ,Editor of The Industry and Mines Observer (IMO) Sri Sirish Mohanty on June19,2012.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
B’NGIR LACKS FACILITY TO CONTROL WILD ANIMALS Wednesday, 19 April 2017 | pns | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Even as the leopard, which had sneaked into Kurli
village and injured two persons on Monday, was finally caught, locals are
unhappy that forest officials took 12 long hours to take hold of the animal as
Balangir had no necessary equipment and manpower to tackle such a situation.
Though forest officials swung into action
immediately, yet they didn’t succeed in catching the leopard. The wild animal
was grabbed after 12 hours only when a wildlife expert team was brought in from
“Had Balangir forest division been equipped with
tranquiliser and expert teams, the leopard could have been caught early without
harming people, locals pointed out.
Another important aspect which needs serious
attention is how to control the curious mob. The tiger might not have attacked
Kantabanji Forest Range Officer and another person, if panicked villagers
didn’t throw stones at the cow-shed where the leopard was hiding.
Two important points haunt people’s mind are lack
of water and prey forcing wild animals to come to human habitations. The water
bodies of three metre width or 10 feet depth created by the Forest department
in jungles are dried up in summer. Hence, the depth of water bodies should be
increased, demanded locals.
High temperature is another reason that makes
wildlife restless in the jungle.
Meanwhile, the leopard was taken to Harishankar
and released in deep Gandhmrdan Reserve forest on Tuesday.
Bhawanipatna RCCF Suresh Panth, Balangir DFO
Rashmi Ranjan Naik and others conducted the operation.