Friday, 16th April 2021

2500 civil defense officers to be recruited to resolve human-elephant conflict

Colombo, Jan 13 (BAN/ AD): As an attempt to resolve human- elephant conflict Department of Wildlife Conservation has decided to recruit 2,500 Civil Defense personnel accordingly cabinet approval has been given in this regard. This will solve the long standing issue affecting the people’s lives and livelihood.

As per reports around 80 human lives and 250 lives of elephants are lost annually due to the human elephant conflict. In 2019 114 humans and 386 elephants lives were lost. Out of the 386 elephant deaths only 37 were due to natural causes. Sri Lanka has around 7,500 wild elephants.

The Wildlife Department says elephant deaths are on the rise after 2015. In 2016, 279 elephants died and 88 human lives were lost. In 2017, 87 people lost their lives and 256 elephants died. In 2018, 96 human lives were lost and 319 elephants were killed.

As a measure to prevent this situation, steps have been taken to recruit 2500 Civil Defense personnel and to issue 500 firearms. Eight officers will be given five firearms each to scare away the elephants.

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