Jammu, Mar 29 (PTI) World Wide Fund Nature (WWF) has agreed to assist Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife Department for dealing with victims of man-animal conflict victims, the state government said today. Replying to a calling attention notice of Abdul Majeed Wani in the assembly here, Minister for Forest and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmed said World Wide Fund-Nature plans to hold workshop on conflict issues to understand the problem including areas in which wild animals killed the live stock of locals in large number.
The proposal on payment of ex-gratia and compensation for loss of life livestock to the victims of man-animal conflict was discussed at the 4th standing committee meeting of State Board of wildlife and it has been decided that the wildlife department will approach wildlife Trust of India and World Wide Fund-Nature with regard to the procedure of settling the claims on account of loss of live stock as well as funding of such schemes, he said. He said for compensation of livestock to be carried out on pilot scale in two districts of the state, he said the department has been in consultation with Wildlife Trust of India & World Wide Fund Nature in order to decide modalities.
He said 2 incidents of leopard attack have taken place at village Hamirpora and Kakroosa of Shiva area falling in Doda constituency. The Minister said that a team of wild life department is located at Doda with all the necessary accessories to address at a short notice the man-wild animal conflict situation.