“The man-animal conflict that results in injuries and deaths are always caused by chance encounters.
“I’m not surprised because the state forest department has undertaken a lot of really good initiatives, particularly in Pune and Mumbai districts.
It’s never a planned thing as chance is always a matter of probability.”Khandekar, however, said that the initiatives taken by the forest department could have led to the dip in numbers.
PUNE: The state forest department data have revealed a dip in the number of deaths in man-animal conflict cases in 2018-19, as compared to the same period the previous year.The highest number was recorded in 2016-17 with 53 deaths.
Different kinds of canines, like hyenas and wolves, are also the cause of such conflicts.”
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