Man-elephant conflicts in Wokha on the rise

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HT Correspondent

DIMAPUR, July 12: Human-elephant conflicts in Wokha district have witnessed a rise and are increasing year by year, Wokha divisional forest officer Zuthunglo Patton said in his report on Thursday.

As per the nationwide Synchronized Elephant Population Estimation 2017 conducted by the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change, Nagaland has an elephant population of 446 and elephant density per square kilometer in the state is 0.45. This is the second highest density of elephants per square kilometer after Karnataka, Patton said in his report.

Due to increasing reports of incidences of human-elephant conflict, a joint assessment was carried out in April 2018 by a district level committee to assess the loss of human life, domestic animals, crops and properties by wild animals for compensation in the district, the report said.

The assessment showed that this year alone, 165 families belonging to eight villages of New Changsu, Ekhoyan, Old and New Riphyim, Wokha village, New Wokha, Seleku and Koio were badly affected by the presence of elephants in these areas. The crops or property damaged were paddy, banana, pineapple, orange, sugarcane, vegetables, yongchak, betel nut, rubber, papaya, jackfruit, granary, farm huts, piggery, poultry, etc. amounting to more than Rs 17 lakh, the DFO said, adding only partial reimbursement was made to the affected people by the wildlife wing of the forest department this year.

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