KARNATAKA TO GET LEOPARD REHABILITATION CENTRES

  • The current practice of translocating leopards from conflict area, in vogue since many years, will be disbanded in due course as Karnataka is set to establish multiple rehabilitation centres to house leopards and tigers captured from the conflict zones.
  • Senior officials of the Karnataka Forest Department are already studying similar facilities elsewhere in the country. While one team is in Jamnagar in Gujarat to study the Greens Zoological Rescue and Rehabilitation Kingdom developed by Reliance Industries Ltd., another team has visited Kanha National Park and Bandavgarh in Madhya Pradesh, besides Pench in Maharashtra, and Transit Treatment Centre established for wildlife at Nagpur.
  • Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Kumar Pushkar told The Hindu that the budget was being worked out and based on the reports, the final proposal will be submitted to the government within a week.
  • The plan is to construct multiple leopard sanctuaries each with a capacity to house at least 200 to 250 leopards and take care of them.
  • At least 100 to 150 leopards are being captured in Karnataka every year and hence rehabilitation centres — each with a capacity to house 200 to 250 leopards — have to be built every alternate year till the problem subsides in conflict zones, he said.
  • “This is part of the long-term plan as in future the conflict is set to increase and hence the State wants to be prepared. Though it will be ideal to have one rehabilitation centre in every forest circle, we will start with places where the conflict is very high as in Hassan, Kodagu, and Mysuru.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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