Govt change hits management of wildlife parts

- SHIVA PURI, BHARATPUR

Sep 8, 2016-

The management of wildlife parts that were collected and seized from various parts of the country has been delayed.

Chief Conservation Officer of Chitwan National Park (CNP) Ram Chandra Kandel said the management has been delayed after the change in government. 

The collected wildlife parts are being kept at the Central Storage Centre in Kasara and the Armed Forest Guard Training Centre in Tikauli for the past two months. 

Kandel said the experts from National Forensic Science Laboratory, Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police, Natural History Museum, Department of Forest, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, National Trust for Nature Conservation have already completed their works. 

“We have kept wildlife parts in a scientific way. The stored animal parts would be either destroyed or managed as per the working procedure,” said Kandel. The authorities concerned have taken the initiative to manage the wildlife parts after 19 years. 

Conservationists are of the opinion that the valuable wildlife parts, except the ones that can be kept at museums, and research facilities and educational institutes, should be destroyed. 

Animal attacks decline inside CNP 

The CNP authority has said that wildlife menace in the district has decreased in recent years. According to the CNP data, ten and nine people were killed in animals attacks in the fiscal year 2103/14 and 2014/15 respectively. In the fiscal year 2015/16, the number of human deaths related to wildlife attacks stood at five. The CNP attributes the decline in number of human casualties to its effort towards mitigating human-wildlife conflicts and the participation of public in wildlife conservation. The Buffer Zone Consumers’ Committee, however, has presented a different explanation. The committee members claim that the reduced number of human deaths due to wildlife attacks is because fewer number of people go to the CNP forest to collect animal fodder and firewood these days.

Published: 08-09-2016 08:54

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