Monday, January 30, 2023

Green-SONS appeals forest deptt to tackle human-elephant conflict

In view of the exponential increase of human-elephant conflicts in Wokha district, the Green-Succession of Nagaland State (Green-SONS) has appealed the wildlife wing of Forest Department, Government of Nagaland to investigate the human-elephant conflicts matter and take necessary steps to avoid recurrences of human-elephant conflicts in the future.
A press release from founder and chairman, Green-SONS, Jess T Murry has urged the department to reinstate the volunteer forest guards in all the villages that are in conflicts with the elephants at the earliest so that pre-information about the movements of the elephants to the villagers could be disseminated to have a precautionary preparedness to avert untoward incidences.
The release stated that although efforts are being made by the Forest department’s wildlife wing, NGOs and villagers alike, human-elephant conflicts in Wokha district has been seen increasing exponentially.
Green-SONS said that in the last decades, it has witnessed so many ill-fated incidences of men being killed by enraged wild elephants including the one youth belonging to Sumi Naga tribe, just recently in Wokha district.
Apart from men being killed, rampaging of farms and cultivated fields are of regular routine as it was known in yet another incident that a large portion of six acres of areca (beetle nut) and banana farm belonging to secretary Green-Succession of Nagaland State (environmental organization), Peter Mozhui, in Yiparasa village of Wokha has been completely destroyed on November 22.

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