The Heyvan Times brings you a weekly dose of news on animal affairs from across India, curated specially for animal buffs like us. Here are the top four of this week.
Centre plans to take ISRO help to tackle man-animal conflict
In a recent interaction with researchers of Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), union minister for environment, forests and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, said that plans are in place to use satellite image technology by ISRO to augment water and fodder in forest areas which will further help in reducing man-animal conflict in villages around forests. A Business Standard report says that the minister was informed by farmers that until enough water and fodder were provided in forests, the conflicts will continue. This was in response to questions from students of SACON, Coimbatore, on increasing man-animal conflict due to encroachment of forest areas. He also said that all states have been asked to augment water and fodder, prepare contour map and catchment treatment plan in forest areas. The ministry is releasing the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) funds to states, which have been pending for the last 15 years.
Villagers in Odisha live atop trees to escape from wild jumbos
Bhuyan tribals living in the Sadar range of forests in Keonjhar district have found a different self-defense strategy. Afraid of rampaging wild elephants, they are now living atop trees. OrissaPost article that went viral on the internet showed pictures of hutments built atop trees in Kusumita village after scores of houses were damaged by a herd comprising 30 elephants; one even devoured stored rice. The report claims more than 150 pachyderms are running amok in the district, forcing villagers from Champua, Joda, Barbil, Ghatagaon blocks to seek shelter elsewhere or on the treetops. Forest officials are helpless as they claim these elephants are hard to drive way from paddy fields due to heavy rain. Another report in The New Indian Express also highlights the increase in man-animal conflicts in Athagarh forest area involving the tuskers, alleges the connivance of forest officials with poachers and wood mafia.
Now, leopard inside IIT-Bombay campus creates buzz
Barely a month after a cow walking into a classroom of the IIT-Bombay campus set the social media on fire with trolls and funny commentary, a leopard followed suit. A grab of a leopard inside the campus has raised eyebrows and the college authorities have already formed a committee to resolve man-animal conflict on campus. However, a report by Times Now says that the authorities have not confirmed the location within the campus or otherwise. Students also said that leopards have been seen occasionally on the campus at Powai, as these animals look for shelter during heavy rains. Monkeys, leopards, cows and bulls seem to love the IIT-B campus but the management instructed students to get out of hostels at night only in groups.
Injured feline attacks man in West Bengal for clicking photos
Angry over being clicked, an injured female leopard attacked one of the rescuers in Falakata area of Alipurduar, West Bengal, says a report by Financial Express. The animal was hit by a speeding vehicle while trying to cross the Asian highway near Dalgaon forest and it was lying outside a tea estate close by. When locals gathered and started to click its photographs thinking it was dead, it sprung up and attacked one of them. The man suffered minor injuries but the rest of the mob vanished. The Jaldapara National Park authorities later rescued the animal and took it for treatment.