Human-Wildlife Conflict assessment along the River Satluj, Pakistan

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Human-Wildlife Conflict assessment along the River Satluj, Pakistan

Qazi Adnan Ahmad, Muhammad Abrar, Zahid Ali, Muhammad Azam Sheikh, Sarfraz Hussain, Shamsa Altaf, Nazia Khalil, Maryam Batool, Syed Ali Asad Naqvi, Hamidullah, Muhammad Iftikhar Khan
J. Bio. Env. Sci.10( 6), 235-238, June 2017.
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The present study was designed to assess a crop damage and status of HWC along two important wetland of river Sultuj; Islam Headworks and Panjnad Headworks. Selected sites along the river Satluj from Head Islam to Head Panjand, of four districts, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Vehari and Muzaffargarh, Pakistan were surveyed to know the extent of Human-Wildlife Conflict. Most of the study area of Islam Headworks and Panjnad Barrage is pond area and wetland. The inhabitants, linked mainly on agriculture were unaware about the role of wild species in our ecosystem; certain respondents showed their disliking towards the species present in the area. The collected data showed that 33 percent people said that Wild boar was harmful than others while 42 % respondents said about the Asiatic jackal, 16% said that porcupine, 9% said that others including rats, squirrels, crows and sparrows were damaging the crops. It is recommended that in future, the extensive survey spanning multiple years is indeed required to assess additional factors that might influence conflict risk. There is dire need of the public participation to reduce the cases of Human Wildlife Conflict.


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