|Census claims rise in tusker population|
MUSHALPUR, March 6 – To the delight of nature lovers, an increase in the tusker population has been recorded in Subankhata Reserve Forest under Batabari Forest Range in Baksa district.
This came to light in a joint elephant census carried out in the said reserve by Manas Sousi Khongkhor Eco-Tourism Society, Uttarkuchi and conservation NGO Aaranyak from February 26 to 28 last. Amarjeet Lahkar, project manager, Aaranyak maintained that contrary to seven tuskers recorded last year a steep rise to twenty was recorded this year, which is a positive outcome of conservation activities going on in these areas. Lahkar ruled out the possibility of escalation in man- elephant conflict due to increase in tusker population as a result of community participation in conservation activities and awareness programmes on man-elephant conflict carried out in fringe villages.
Meanwhile, Bijoy Choudhury, chairman of Manas Sousi Khongkhor Eco-Tourism Society deplored the non-cooperation of the forest department of Baksa district during the elephant census.