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Bihar’s Nilgai, Wild Boar Culling Plan Amid Crop Damage In Some Districts


Bihar: Bihar has determined to rent skilled shooters possessing licensed weapons. (Representational)

Patna:

Concerned over large-scale destruction of crops by herds of ‘Ghodparas’, popularly generally known as nilgai or blue bull, and wild boar in sure districts of Bihar, the state authorities has determined to rent skilled shooters possessing licensed weapons to kill the 2 species outdoors protected forest space.

Arvind Kumar Chaudhary, the principal secretary of atmosphere, forest and local weather change division, stated village ‘mukhiyas’ (heads) have been given the authority to evaluate the complaints of crop injury filed by farmers, and accordingly take a name if a state-appointed shooter must be advised to cull an animals as and when it strays into the fields.

“Blue bull and wild boar have been destroying agricultural crops extensively in the districts of Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Sitamarhi, Bhojpur and Sheohar. Keeping the provisions of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 in mind, the forest department has appointed mukhiyas as the nodal authority to identify and allow the killing of these two species outside the protected area by state-appointed shooters.

“The job will have to be undertaken in coordination with the officials of the forest department,” Chaudhary advised PTI.

He additionally stated {that a} high-level committee has been constituted to pick out skilled shooters possessing licensed weapons.

The committee has thus far acquired functions from 14 shooters and the method of hiring them will probably be accomplished by the tip of this month, Mr Chaudhary said.

Explaining additional, he stated, “Procedures laid down for the operation have to be strictly followed. Mukhiyas will play a very crucial role in the entire exercise – from giving the go-ahead to making arrangements for burial. The government will bear the cost of cartridges and burial.” Bihar Panchayati Raj Minister Samrat Choudhary, when approached, stated excessive warning needs to be maintained whereas finishing up the operation.

“There is no doubt that these two animals are causing huge damage to crops in certain districts of the state. But mukhiyas will have to act very cautiously. A mukhiya should issue hunting permits to shooters only after proper verification of farmers’ complaints. The village heads will have to submit a monthly report to the competent authority,” he advised PTI.

According to officers, farmers in some components of Bihar had lengthy been complaining of crop losses with these two species typically straying into their fields, particularly throughout this time of the yr.

Meanwhile, Alokparna Sengupta, the managing director of the India wing of Humane Society International, stated culling of animals can’t be the answer to this drawback.

“Such measures have been taken by other state governments, too, in the past. That never led to any permanent solution. The problem still persists there. Killing of innocent animals must be condemned,” she added.

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