‘Change in land use drawing jumbos out’ (Coimbatore, India)


The Hindu

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PCCF says there has been increase in forest cover and efforts are on to prevent man-animal conflict

Stating that the forest cover and the quality of forest in the State have increased, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Head of Forest Force (HOFF), N. Krishnakumar, cited the changes in land usage pattern as the reason for jumbos being drawn out of forests.

The chief forest official was talking to The Hindu after interacting with the ranger trainees at Tamil Nadu Forest Academy here on Wednesday. Earlier, he told presspersons that the animals were not coming out of the forest in search of food or water.

“Our forest cover has increased by 2,501 sq. km.,” he said quoting the Forest Survey of India.

Tamil Nadu government was taking the man-animal conflict in this region seriously.