Yamunanagar: After lockdown, wildlife activity increases in Kalesar forest range, officials urge people to give passage

Yamunanagar: After lockdown, wildlife activity increases in Kalesar forest range, officials urge people to give passage


YAMUNANAGAR: Wildlife officials in Kalesar forest range in Yamunanagar district urged the general public to give passage to wild animals and avoid any sought of conflict with the wildlife, after its movement has increased in the area due to lockdown.
As per the official information, snakes, leopards, deers, elephants, and other wild animals have been spotted out of the Kalesar National Park in the recent past.
Kalesar forest range wildlife inspector Sunil Kumar said, “Due to lockdown and reduction in vehicular traffic plus human activities the movement of wild animals has increased in Kalesar. Recently, elephants, snakes, and leopards have been spotted on roads in this forest range. In this situation, there are possibilities of human-wild confrontations. We are urging the general public that if any wild animal is spotted, it should be given priority for passage to avoid any conflict. We as humans can understand lockdown but the animal does not know anything this and due to a reduction in human activity, the wildlife start exploring new areas.”
“In normal days, the elephants from Kalesar range used to block national highway once in a week or 10 days, but now it is seen 3-4 times in a week when there is no traffic on the road”, added inspector Sunil.
Recently on April 15, a leopard had entered wheat fields near Partap Nagar (Khizrabad) town of Yamunanagar district and injured a farm labourer who attempted to bury a dead dog that was hunted by the predator.
Wildlife inspector Sunil said, “As per our inspection of the area after the Partap Nagar leopard incident, the animal came there and hunted dog for food. The residents did not notice hunt as it was done early in the morning. Later, the human activity increased with day and the farm labourers started wheat harvesting early at around 4 am. Leopard was present in the field in which wheat harvesting was being done. The leopard did not attack labourers, it only attacked the person who spotted the hunted dog and attempted to bury it. So the human-wild conflict will only take place if we interfere and do not allow the wild animals to pass on.”
Recently, a TikTok video in which some persons are killing two snakes, reportedly at Pipliwala village of Yamunanagar district came to the notice of Yamunanagar wildlife officials. Inspector Sunil said, “After the video came to our notice, we conducted an enquiry into the incident and issued notice to five persons of Pipliwala village. The matter is still being investigated that in what situation the snakes were killed. We are also verifying the fact whether the video is taken from the internet or it is actually from this village.”

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