Reported by Vishwanath Kumar
Kendrapara, June 1
In an instance of man-animal conflict, a 65-year-old man was critically injured today when a group of wild boars attacked him in Nodhabasanta village in the close vicinity of the Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary.
The injured person has been identified as Bidyadhar Jena from the said village.
Jena, who ustained multiple wounds, was admitted to Kendrapara district headquarters hospital but later shifted to a Cuttack-based hospital as his condition worsened.
The forest department is bearing the cost of treatment of the injured person. Besides ex-gratia compensation will also be paid to him, said Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Kedar Kumar Swain.
It may be noted here that violence had erupted in the sanctuary-side Sasanapeta village on 18 October 2013 following the death of a local person who was killed in an attack by wild boars. The irate residents had set ablaze the Gahirmatha forest range office and caused extensive damage to Forest department properties including motorized sea-worthy vessels earmarked for turtle protection programme. .
Wild Boars are strained by dwindling forest cover to wander away into paddy fields and villages for food. Many wild boars trample down the vegetables raised by the villagers in profusion. With depleting forest cover up, these are forced to infringe into the paddy fields and villages for food. . Wild Boars frequently damage the fences put by villagers to prevent the entry of animals into their paddy and vegetable fields. These animals are forced to move into paddy fields in the nearby villages, tempted by grown-up paddy. Due to frequent act of trespass by wild boars, it is really a tough time during harvesting season in these areas”, said former chairman Rajnagar panchayat samity, Jagabandhu Nayak.