SRINAGAR — Man-animal conflict has seen a steep rise with more cases being reported from across Kashmir valley with each passing day.
As per official data, from 2006 to March 2021, 224 persons have died and 2,829 persons have been injured in the man-animal conflict.
Officials believe that the reasons behind the rise in the incident of the conflict are an increase in the human population, habitation degradation, rise in stray dogs and the Line of Control (LoC) fencing.
According to the data, during 2006-07, 18 persons have died and 134 persons have been injured in the human-animal conflict in Kashmir valley. During 2007-08, 15 persons lost their lives and 181 were injured. During 2008-09, 22 persons died and 251 persons were injured. During 2009-10, 21 persons died and 303 were injured and during 2010-11, 27 persons lost their lives and 407 were injured in human-animal conflict.
Similarly, during 2011-12, at least 32 people were killed and 485 were injured, the following year (2012-13) recorded 14 deaths and 3024 injuries while during 2013-14, 30 deaths and 437 injuries were reported.
In 2014-15, 14 deaths and 225 injuries were reported. 11 deaths and 244 injuries were reported in 2015-16. 9 deaths and 136 injuries were reported in 2016-17. 9 deaths and 162 injuries were reported in 2017-18.
The period 2018-19 witnessed 7 deaths and 101 injuries while figures grew to 13 deaths and 138 injuries during 2019-20. As many as 12 people were killed while 146 injuries were reported in the conflict during 2020-21 up to March 2021.
Two minor girls, one each from Budgam and Ganderbal, were mauled to death by a leopard recently.
Pertinently, the Wildlife Department provides Rs 3,00,000 compensation in case of death or permanent incapacitation of a body part in such conflicts. Rs 1,00,000 is provided as compensation in cases of serious injuries and Rs 15,000 in cases of minor injuries.
Since 2006, the department has provided around Rs 10 crore as compensation to the affected people and their kin.
As per data available, of 224 deaths, 213 have been settled and among them more than Rs 3.18 crore have been given as compensation while as of 2,829 injured cases, 2709 have been settled and a compensation of Rs 6.36 crore has been distributed among the families of victims.
Officials said that the department is well equipped and has adequate cages, tranquillizer guns, trap poles, vehicles, mobikes and net guns.
They said that around 42 control rooms have been already set up to attend distress calls and capture the animals at the earliest without causing any damage to humans.