Youth Affairs Minister P.K. Jayalakshmi has said that the State government has taken emergency measures to stop attacks by wild animals in human habitations on the fringes of the forests in Wayanad.

Ms. Jayalakshmi said in a press release here on Monday that she had asked Forest Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar to increase compensation for farmers for loss of cattle in the attacks. Mr. Ganesh Kumar told her that he had requested the Centre’s intervention.

She said the government had taken all measures to trap the tigers which were killing domestic animals.

D.K. Verma, Chief Conservator of Forests (Northern Circle) said that the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary would not be declared a tiger reserve. The State government can declare a forest or sanctuary a tiger reserve, but it was yet to consider such a proposal. He said setting up cages with baits could help trap the tiger. Two such cages had been set up.

On two pieces of contradictory information issued by the office of the Chief Conservator of Forest under the Right to Information Act on the alleged move to set up a tiger reserve, Mr. Verma said there were two contexts and the second piece of information would clarify the doubts of the public.



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