Maharashtra forest department culls 300 wild boars and neel gais!Candrapur district of Maharashtra is the tiger capital of India. With tiger habitats such as Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve on the outskirts and thick forest cover across the district, Chandrapur is home to more than 100 tigers and 300 leopards. With one of the highest forest and wildlife density, the district frequently experiences man-animal conflicts. Sometimes it is wild cats crossing the road, other times it is herbivorous raiding standing crop. However, it is the wildlife which has been at the receiving end every time after such conflict between man and animal. They are always either culled or relocated.
In 2016, following several complaints of crop raids by wild boars and blue bulls (neel gai), the local forest department has culled 300 animals during the past few months. This year, wild boars and blue bull menace was first reported from the district in early January. Several farmers reported huge losses due to crop raids. When the frequency of raids increased, people started demanding culling. When the pressure mounted, the state forest department issued a Gazette Notification allowing culling of wild boars and blue bulls. The hunters from Andhra Pradesh were called for the purpose of culling.
However, the environmentalist feel that the forest department is arbitrarily killing the animals.