Print Edition - 2018-08-05  |  News Digest

172 wild animals killed in three years


Aug 5, 2018-

The East-West Highway and the Sikta Irrigation Canal Project continues to pose a challenge to Banke National Park in its wildlife protection and conservation efforts. Many protected wildlife perish after being hit by vehicles along the 72-km stretch of the highway from Shivakhola in the west to Kohalpur in the west. Many animals have drowned in the 8-km canal of the Sikta Irrigation Project that passes through the park.  In the last three years 172 protected wild animals are reported to have been killed on the highway. Last year recorded the highest number of deaths as 68 wild animals were killed by vehicles, park data shows. There were 42 deaths in 2015-16 and 61 the following year. BNP Chief Protection Officer Dil Bahadur Purja said, “It is difficult to save protected wild animals from the vehicles moving along this stretch of the highway. The number of casualty continues to rise.” Experts have called for a comprehensive strategy to save wild animals.  Conservationist Krishna Chaudhary suggests building an animal-friendly infrastructure, including an under or over pass for the

wildlife to cross the highway. (RSS)

Published: 05-08-2018 07:48

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