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Officials move as leopard fear keeps tourists away from FRI campus

The authorities are also taking note of the situation. A meeting of top officials was held on Thursday to look at ways to address the issue. The meeting was chaired by Dr Ashwani Kumar, director general ICFRE. Dig Vijay Singh Khati, chief wildlife warden of Uttarakhand, Dr SP Goel, expert Wildlife Institute of India, Dr PP Bhojvaid, diretor FRI, Kunal Satyarthi, head Silviculture Division, Sushant Pattnaik, DFO Dehradun, range officer Dehradun and range officer, Silviculture Division, FRI too attended the meeting.

“Morning and evening walkers are rarely seen in the area as fear of sudden leopard attack from the hide-outs is always on their minds,” said a forest officer who lives in the vicinity.

The state chief wildlife warden gave an assurance to increase the number of camera traps installed on FRI campus and for providing permission and necessary support for tranquilising and translocation of stray leopards of FRI campus with the assistance of WII Dehradun.     

It was also decided that an appropriate proposal as per advice of chief wildlife warden for erecting complete boundary wall of FRI campus with barbed wire fencing, flood lighting of all residential area, lopping of trees and clearance of undergrowth will be prepared and submitted to Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change New Delhi for allocation of funds.

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