Pune: After Bison’s Death Training On How To Rescue Wild Animals Strayed Into Urban Areas Held

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Pune, December 22, 2020: Pune Forest department and RESQ, Bavdhan jointly conducted training yesterday for the forest department officers and employees on how to rescue the wild animals that stray into the urban areas.

The recent incident in Pune city where Indian Gaur strayed into a housing society in Kothrud and his death raised the questions regarding inefficiency in rescuing of the wild animals that stray into urban areas.

Senior veterinarian Dr HS Prayag, who was a Senior Veterinary Officer with the Karnataka Forest Department, trained the staff about rescuing animals like leopard, Gaur and related species. Sunil Limaye, Maharashtra Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife-West) also guided the officials.

Neha Panchamia, founder of RESQ charitable trust, said, “It is often said that coexistence is key in wildlife conservation, but when conflict arises, it is only a collective effort taken by all stakeholders involved that can lead a conflict back towards peaceful coexistence. RESQ organised a training program on ‘Wildlife Conflict Response Management’ in collaboration with the Pune Forest Department which was attended by officials and officers of the Pune Forest Department, Pune Police, Animal Husbandry Department, Pune Municipal Corporation, Pune District SPCA, media and several non-governmental organisations groups – The Grasslands Trust, Wildlife SOS, Eco Daund, Shiv Durga Mitra – RESQ Lonavala and Eco Echo Nashik.”

She added, “I feel happy that this training program brought together so many government and non-governmental bodies together for the future – if nothing else, to understand that they all play key roles in wildlife conflict response. I truly believe that efforts like this go a long way towards reducing human-animal conflict and impact lives of the wildlife that inhabits our landscapes, rural and urban, as well as the safety and protection of people that live in it.”

Chief Conservator Sujay Dodal, DCF Rahul Patil, in-charge divisional forest officer Sanjay Kadu, Assistant Conservator Mayur Bothe, Ashutosh Shendge, were also present during the training.

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