335 people killed by tigers and leopards in the past 6 years !

Maharashtra Forest Department asks for the advice of other States !

Mumbai – In the past 6 years, 335 people have been killed in the attacks by tigers and leopards in Maharashtra. Hence, to resolve the conflicts between human and wildlife, Maharashtra has asked for advice from the other States in the country.

Currently, there are a total of 79 safety areas in Maharashtra viz. 6 National Parks, 50 sanctuaries, 23 conservation reserves. The forest area increased but with the increasing human population, the dependency on the forest increased too. Hence, the Forest Department has noticed that the conflict with tigers in Chandrapur districts and with elephants in Sindhudurg, Kolhapur, Gadchiroli and Gondia districts has increased.

Editorial viewpoint

It’s true that the wild animals should be protected but similarly, it is equally important to protect humans from their attacks. Hence, the public should not encroach beyond a limit, so that the wild animals will not enter the residential area. The Forest Department should take care of this !