Tigers chief source of prey at Chandrapur to be culled
Even as culling of wild boars in tiger-bearing areas in forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar's hometown Chandrapur is turning into a big controversy, the BJP government in the state is completely ignoring a report by a high-powered committee recommending measures to tackle crop damage by wild animals. The report had said Beed district is the worst hit by wild boar problem, followed by Kolhapur circle, and then Nagpur circle, with Chandrapur coming fourth in the list. The 16-member committee was set up by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on September 2, 2013, under chief wildlife warden. The committee made several recommendations covering the issue systematically across entire state. As per the report, Beed district in Aurangabad Circle was worst hit by wild boars, with damage to crops in 622 villages. Kolhapur and Nagpur Circles had problem in 585 and 203 villages respectively. Interestingly, the report says though Chandrapur is hypersensitive to crop damage by wild animals, only 138 villages are in affected areas. See link below to the report in The Times of India.