Wild life hu­man con­flict in Trongsa

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Though there is a pol­icy for con­ser­va­tion of tiger, there is no proper pol­icy in place to com­pen­sate the vic­tims of tiger said lo­cal lead­ers of Trongsa Dzongkhag.

The is­sue was dis­cussed in de­tailed dur­ing the 12th Dzongkhag Tshog­due. Nubi is the most af­fected Gewog by tiger in the dzongkhag. To­tal of 161 cows and 3 horses were killed within last one year.

Tiger in Nubi Gewog has not only harmed do­mes­tic an­i­mals, it has also be­come risk to hu­man life.

Lo­cally known as Lopen Umzay from Yuelling lost 3 cows re­cently, he was herd­ing cow with his wife at cow­shed around half km away from their vil­lage to­wards jun­gle.

“At night at around 9.30 pm we heard bawl­ing of my cows. We were about to put on the can­dle but sud­denly we heard the tigers roar. So we could not go out of our hut.” “The Tiger stayed around my shed till morn­ing,” he said.

“In the morn­ing when we go out, we found that three cows were killed” he added with sad­ness.

So far non tiger vic­tim has been com­pen­sated by the Gewog ad­mi­nis- tra­tion.

“We got seed money of Nu. 300,000/- from Wild Life Con­ser­va­tion Divi­sion ( WCD) last year how­ever it is not ad­e­quate to com­pen­sate the vic­tims.” Said Tashi Pelden, Nubi Gup.

Tashi Pelden who is also a DYT chair­man said, “Even if we pay Nu. 5000/- for one an­i­mal, Nubi Gewog will cost around Nu. 800,000/- which is not at all pos­si­ble with the cur­rent bud­get” He added.

Out of five Gewogs, Nubi and Kor­phu gewog got Nu. 300,000/- each from WCD where as Tangsi­b­jee and Langthel gewog got Nu. 500,000/from Zhem­gang re­gional for­est of­fice with sup­port from Mangdechhu Hy­dro­elec­tric Pro­ject Au­thor­ity. So far no such case has been re­ported from Drak­teng Gewog.

As per few mem­bers in the re­cent Dzongkhag Tshog­due (DT) , tiger should not be only a con­cern since there are also cases of bear and leop­ard in the re­gion.

To have fair and uni­form com­pen­sa­tion sys­tem in the dzongkhag, 12th DT de­cided to sub­mit pro­posal to Na­tional Coun­cil.

The vic­tims here­after will be com­pen­sated based on the mag­ni­tude of the loss. For hy­brid cows, vic­tims will be paid Nu. 15,000/- and for other breeds of cows vic­tims will be com­pen­sated of Nu. 10,000/-. In case of hu­man life, DT pro­posed for in­dem­nity of amount not less than Nu. 15000/-.

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