The Hindu (Erode)

No need to amend Wildlife Protection Act: Yadav


Union Minister for Environmen­t, Forest, and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav has said that there is no need for any amendment in the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, to address humanwildl­ife conflict as the chief wildlife warden was empowered to trap, catch, and, if necessary, shoot wildlife according to Section 11 of the Act.

Speaking to the media at

Kalpetta in Kerala on Thursday after holding discussion­s with senior officials of various department­s and public representa­tives, Mr. Yadav blamed the State government and local representa­tives of Wayanad and the adjoining regions for ignoring the escalating humananima­l conflict. This was rather unfortunat­e and led to loss of lives, he added.

The Centre has sanctioned ₹15.82 crore during the 202324 fiscal under various schemes to the State, Mr. Yadav said. “We request the State government to be prompt in its response so that lives can be saved and wildlife can flourish,” Mr. Yadav said.

Mr. Yadav was on a twoday field visit to the district after a visit to Bandipur National Park in Karnataka along with senior officers from the Ministry of Environmen­t, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) and scientists of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) for a firsthand appraisal of humanwildl­ife conflict in the region.

The MOEFCC has decided to develop the Salim Ali Centre for Ornitholog­y and Natural History, Coimbatore, as a centre for helping States like Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu on mitigation of humanwildl­ife conflicts based on the discussion­s, Mr. Yadav said.

Mr. Yadav stressed on the need for better cooperatio­n, coordinati­on, and collaborat­ion among southern States on wildlife issues. The Centre will facilitate interstate coordinati­on meetings, he added.

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