162 cases of wild animals attacking humans in Gir in 3 years
There have been 162 incidents of wild animals attacking humans in the Gir forest region in the last three years, Gujarat Forest minister Mangu Patel stated in the Assembly today. In all, 6399 incidents of attack by wild animals have been reported from the Gir forest region. Of which, humans were the victims in 162 cases, while in remaining 6237 cases, it was the domestic animals in the neighbouring villages; the minister said in a reply to the question by Talala MLA, Bhagwan Barad. In the cases of attack on humans, compensation of Rs 20.6 lakh has been given to victims or their kin. In the cases of attack on domestic animals, Rs 129.67 lakh have been paid to the owners. The minister said that Rs 2357.54 lakh had been allocated for various activities in the Gir forest region for the year 2010-11. Out of this amount, Rs 1640.05 lakh had been spent so far, he said. The money was spent on forest conservation and management, long-term conservation and nurturing of lions, maintenance of soil humidity; development of water bodies, eco-tourism; environment-related promotions and advertising, and salaries.
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