Road accidents kill 124 wild animals
By Binu Shrestha
Kathmandu, Apr. 17: A large numbers of wild animals get killed in road accidents every year owing to lack of wildlife friendly infrastructure inside the national parks, reserves and conservation areas.
The yearly report of the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Department (NPWCD) shows that 124 wild animals died in different road accidents in several national parks, conservation areas and reserves in the fiscal year 2074/75 B.S. It was 34 per cent of the total animal death.
The report collected from nine national parks, one wildlife reserve and one conservation area shows that roads passing through such areas have posed a serious threat to wildlife.
According to the report, Parsa, Banke, Bardiya and Suklaphanta National Parks have recorded more deaths of animals in road accidents.
The highest number of deaths was reported from Krishnasar Conservation Area followed by Banke National Park and Bardiya National Park. However, the deaths were caused not only by road accidents. .
Krishnasar Conservation Area stood first with 93 animal deaths, Banke National Park stood second with 91 deaths and Bardiya National Park third with 71 deaths.
Less number of animals died in Makalu Barun National Park, Rara National Park and Sagarmatha National Park. Only two animals died in Makalu Barun national Park while three died in Rara National Park and four in Sagarmatha National Park. Interestingly, these three national parks are not connected with roads.
The report of last fiscal year showed that two animals were poached, five electrocuted, five died colliding with electricity poles, six in human-animal conflict, six drowned, eight in the attacks of tigers.
Likewise, 10 animals died by infection, 13 died while undergoing treatment, 21 died in fighting, 27 died by being swept in floods, 44 died in leopard attacks, 48 in the attack of wild dogs, hyena and eagle, 57 met natural deaths and 124 in several road accidents.
Bishnu Prasad Shrestha, information officer at NPWCD, said that the increasing movement of vehicles and lack of wildlife friendly infrastructure inside the national park and reserves, road accidents have become the major causes of deaths of wildlife.
According to the report, 391 wild animals of 25 specie died last fiscal year.
Deaths of wild animals have increased slightly in the fiscal year 2074/75 B.S. compared to fiscal year 2073/74 B.S. Altogether 326 animals died in the fiscal year of 2073/74 B.S.
Last fiscal year, floods and natural causes saw more deaths of wild animals in Chitwan National Park, the report said.
The report shows that 59 animals, including tigers, rhinoceros, and wild buffaloes died in Chitwan National Park whereas 71 animals died in Bardiya National Park, 91 in Banke National Park, 24 in Suklapata National Park, 22 in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve and 93 in Krishnasar Conservation Area.
Similarly, 17 people were killed and 65 people were injured in the attacks of wild animals last fiscal year.
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