Rising Man-Animal Conflict in J&K

Rising Man-Animal Conflict in J&K

Yet another bad news today! The body of a minor boy that was taken away by a leopard from outside his home in Dhanisyedan village of Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, was recovered on Thursday.

This is the second such incident as earlier on September 16; a minor girl was taken away from outside her home in Gawashar village of Uri, who later on was found dead in nearby woods.

Not to talk of border areas, on September 12, wildlife authorities caught a Bear and Cab alive in Rajbagh area of Srinagar city. There are multiple reasons that have led to a loss of human beings due to the conflict between man and animals. Urbanization, overpopulation, lack of protected areas, transport networks, etc. are the major causes of human-wildlife conflict.

All this severely impacts the ecosystem as a whole and adversely affects sustainable development and biodiversity as well. There are certain measures that can be taken in order to reduce this conflict.

Experts believe that creating more protected areas and buffer zones, steps must be taken to enhance the safety of people and wildlife and to create mutual benefits of coexistence, local communities can also participate in devising measures to reduce this conflict, the concerned authorities must devise a strategy and action plan to reduce human-wildlife conflict at local level and before camping, hiking, or venturing into natural areas, learn about the animals that you might encounter.

The social and ecological factors that contribute to human-wildlife conflict are widely spread. Most commonly, conflict is attributed to the growth of human populations and resulting increases in land or resource use from agriculture, transportation, and technology.

As the global human population continues to push wildlife out of their natural habitats, conflicts are inevitable, which is why habitat loss is one of the most common threats to endangered animals. Habitat loss and destruction can result from deforestation, fragmentation by roads and development, or degradation from pollution, climate change, or invasive species.

The J&K government needs to take certain concrete measures through the wildlife and forest departments to protect human lives from being devoured by the beasts day in and day out, especially in border areas.    

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