DEHRA DUN: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has called for urgent steps to reduce man-animal conflict and ensure ways to provide better security to the wildlife.
Presiding over a meeting of the State Wildlife Board here on Friday, Mr. Nishank expressed distress over the increasing rate of man-animal conflict. It could be improved by ensuring a better habitat for wildlife which was being destroyed rapidly by humans for economic prosperity.
Many cases of leopards and elephants entering the villages and killing human beings have been reported. In Uttarakhand, Haridwar and Rishikesh are two areas worst affected by this menace. This problem, Mr. Nishank said, could be dealt with if the forest officials and the local population join hands to improve the habitat and reduce human interference in the forests.
The Chief Minister directed officials to open information centres where visitors could be educated on wildlife and how they should behave with them.
Karon Hilton, MLA, Chief Wildlife Warden K. L. Arya and Additional Forests Secretary Sushant Patnaik also spoke.