HC notice to State in man-animal conflict plea

HC notice to State in man-animal conflict plea

 The High Court of Karnataka on Friday ordered issuance of notice to the State government, Department of Forests and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, in a petition filed by D A Amarnath, a resident of Tumakuru district, seeking directions to the State to address the man-animal conflicts.

The petitioner has argued that nearly 300 persons were killed and over 700 injured due to the human-animal conflicts reported in the State between 2004-05 and 2013-14. In Kollegal division alone, 27 persons were killed while 40 injured in the said period.

 The petitioner has sought for introducing barriers, like trenches, fences and repellants such as crackers, watch squads etc between forests and human habitation. Apart from this, the petitioner also suggested measures like change in cropping pattern around forest and  securing the corridors for movement of animals.   A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice Ravi Malimath ordered notice and adjourned the hearing.

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