10 people died in wild animal attacks last fiscal: RFD report

- PRATAP BISTA, HETAUDA

Jul 22, 2018-At least 10 people were killed in wild animal attacks in the 19 districts of the central development region last fiscal year.

Of them, five people lost lives in rhino attacks whereas two died in tiger attacks. The Hetauda Regional Forest Directorate (RFD) said that seven people were killed in animal attacks in the Chitwan National Park (CNP) buffer zone alone.

According to records, 40 serious incidents of human-wildlife conflict were reported last year. People living near the CNP and other forest areas said they are affected by wild animals every year. They complain that wild animals enter the settlement, attack people and destroy crops. Data with the directorate show that wild animals killed 101 cattle whereas 14 houses and sheds were destroyed in their attacks in the region. The animals also destroyed crops planted by 248 families, said Shiva Wagle, the RFD director.

The directorate provides Rs1 million to the family of a person killed in wildlife attack. Earlier, the compensation amount in case of a wildlife attack fatality was Rs500,000. An individual who suffers serious injuries in such attacks gets a relief amount of maximum Rs200,000, whereas a victim with minor injuries gets Rs20,000 for treatment, said Wagle. The compensation amount in case of crop depredations by wild animals is Rs20,000, he said.

26 rhinos killed in FY 2017-18

The CNP said that 26 one-horned rhinos died for various reasons including natural disaster in the fiscal year 2017-18. Four rhinos were killed in floods, 10 while fighting each other and 12 others died natural deaths, according to the CNP. Information Officer Nurendra Aryal said the park has no record of rhino poaching in the fiscal year 2017-18. Twenty-five rhinos died in the CNP in the fiscal year 2016-17. Poaching incidents have

drastically come down, with one rhino killed in 2016-2017, said Aryal. According to a 2015 count, there are 605 one-horned rhinos in the sanctuary.

Published: 22-07-2018 07:31

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