Central team exposes lethargy of forest dept

NT NETWORK

Panaji

The two-member team, which had been sent by the Union
ministry of environment, forest and climate change to probe the deaths of four
tigers at Golavali village in the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, has exposed the
lethargic attitude of the forest department vis-à-vis tiger protection in the
state.

The central team comprising Rajenda Garawad, assistant
inspector general of the National Tiger Conservation Authority, Bengaluru, and
Ayye Malya, regional deputy director of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau,
Mumbai, was in the state last week to inquire into the tiger deaths at Golavali
village of Sattari taluka.

While probing the tiger deaths, the central team found
forest officials to be lethargic when the two experts quizzed them, sources
said. The team also found that there was
no proper coordination between the forest department and animal husbandry and
veterinary services department while conducting postmortem on the tiger
cadavers.

Moreover, the central
team was dismayed by the fact that
bones of the dead tigers were not recovered by the forest officials, who were
also interrogated over the missing claws of a dead tiger.

The central team also questioned the forest officials for
not fixing boundaries of the sanctuary ever since it was declared as the Mhadei
wildlife sanctuary in 1999, the sources said.

The team, which left the state after probing the tiger
killings, will submit its report to the MoEF.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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