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Sakleshpur to be made wildlife sanctuary?

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | MB GIRISH
Published Mar 10, 2018, 2:38 am IST
Updated Mar 10, 2018, 3:29 am IST
A wildlife sanctuary in the interest of the wildlife in the region to the State Wildlife Board in April.
Elephants often stray into villages leading to conflicts in Hassan district
 Elephants often stray into villages leading to conflicts in Hassan district

Hassan: The forest department plans to submit a proposal to declare about 40,000 hectares covering Arakalgudu, Yeslur, Sakleshpur and Alur ranges, known as chronic human-animal conflicts areas, a wildlife sanctuary in the interest of the wildlife in the region to the State Wildlife Board in April.

Speaking to DC,  Chief Conservator of Forests, A K Singh said he was  weighing the option of merging Sakleshpur sub-division with the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary of Madikeri, although  a similar proposal was struck down by the State Wildlife Board a couple of years ago. 

 

“Union Minister for Forests and Environment, Ramanath Rai now seems  interested in declaring the Sakleshpur sub-division a wildlife sanctuary. This will help in improving the animals’ habitat, in carrying out better surveillance , creating more  infrastructure, and appointment of experienced forest guards,” he explained.

While a wildlife conservationist believes the Sakleshpur sub-division lacks continuous forest tracts necessary for a wildlife sanctuary with  villages and coffee plantations occupying portions of the forests, Mr Singh says only the remaining forestland will be considered for declaration as a protected area.   

Welcoming the idea, a forest officer points out  that in the absence of an adequate habitat, elephants often stray from Madikeri ito Hassan and need to be chased back.

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Location: India, Karnataka, Hassan




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