Sunday, April 30, 2017

B’NGIR LACKS FACILITY TO CONTROL WILD ANIMALS Wednesday, 19 April 2017 | pns | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Photograph of captured leopard
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 Bhawanipatna.
“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.

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