Conditions to shoot down wild boar relaxed in state
Kollam: Conditions for shooting down a wild boar that destroys agriculture has been simplified. As per the new order, anyone with a licensed gun can shoot a wild boar. A forest officer or wildlife warden will have to approve it upon the recommendation of ‘Janajagratha’ committee.
Currently, only wildlife, police and other officers in forces have permission to do it. The new order comes after the letter by Principal Chief Forest Conservator, citing that it is not possible to kill wild boars with the current regulations.
The order also states that the animal should not be shot inside the forests and a breastfeeding boar can be left alone.
Also, another regulation, which mandated the presence of Panchayat president or member with the officer, has also been scrapped.
As per the new rule, the forest range officer should be informed about the incident. Divisonal Forest Officer will have to send a report to Chief Wildlife Warden in the prescribed model within 24 hours. The new order will remain for six months.