Will Tamil Nadu cull its wild boars?

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - THE TAMIL

Nadu gov­ern­ment has taken up a study to de­ter­mine the pop­u­la­tion of wild boars in the state. There have been re­peated com­plaints from farm­ers about wild boars up­root­ing their crops. Frus­trated at the loss, the farm­ers have also de­manded culling of wild boars. The study is ex­pected to be com­pleted by March. In 2012-13, 290 cases of crop dam­age due to at­tacks by wild boars were re­ported in the state. In 2014, the num­ber of cases rose to 350. Con­se­quently, the com­pen­sa­tion paid by the for­est depart­ment to farm­ers in­creased from ` 26 lakh in 2012-13 to ` 32 lakh in 2014.

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