UP seek­ing sci­en­tific so­lu­tion to dog men­ace

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A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent took place in Jan­uary. This time, the vic­tim was in Khairabad. The lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion down­played both in­ci­dents. But the Yogi gov­ern­ment took a se­ri­ous note when 11 more deaths were re­ported in the last two months. Now, dogs are be­ing killed one af­ter an­other in Si­ta­pur.An­i­mal ex­perts are not con­vinced that all the child deaths re­sulted from at­tacks by dogs.

Dif­fer­ent wit­nesses gave dif­fer­ent ac­counts. Some blamed a pack of seven dogs be­hind the at­tack that sparked protests. At least 300 vil­lagers blocked traf­fic on the na­tional high­way and de­manded ac­tion to rein in what they say are feral dogs.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion de­ployed po­lice and mul­ti­ple an­i­mal hunters. In the last two weeks, at least 30 dogs have been killed by the ad­min­is­tra­tion, and over 50 oth­ers have been sent to the forests. But the in­ci­dents never stopped.

Some an­i­mal ex­perts rule out dogs as cul­prits. “When­ever a dog at­tacks, it targets be­low the waist. But in all these cases, the an­i­mal at­tacked ar­eas around the neck of the chil­dren, which sug­gests that these at­tacks were com­mit­ted by wolves, jack­als or hye­nas,” said an an­i­mal ex­pert in Delhi. The dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion has roped in var­i­ous agen­cies to curb the at­tacks. The CM has or­dered a ban on open defe­ca­tion in 10 of the af­fected vil­lages.

Ex­perts from the In­dian Vet­eri­nary Re­search In­sti­tute (IVRI) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have also been ap­proached to sug­gest a sci­en­tific so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.

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