Human-elephant conflict: Wildlife Dept launches awareness programmeView(s):
The Wildlife Conservation Department has launched a house-to-house programme to educate villagers and officers of regional government institutions in areas affected by the human-elephant conflict (HEC).
The programme is being conducted in the North Central, Central, Uva, North Western and Northern Provinces, according to a statement issued by the department.
The awareness programme is being conducted with the participation of officials and community leaders in areas most vulnerable to elephant attacks.
Villagers are being advised on some preventive measures that can be taken including installing light bulbs outside their houses to give more visibility at night, having an adult present in households with children at all times, using a flashnight if stepping out at night and making sure headlamps are on if travelling by motorcycle at night.
Other preventive meassures included having a protective fence around houses, not being under the influence of alcohol when travelling at night, and avoiding the construction of power lines that may cause harm to elephants, the press release said.
Being vigilant about the state of electric fences in the area such as whether they were functioning properly, cleaning up road culverts and roads by cutting branches of trees and overgrown grass for proper visibility, constructing fences to prevent wild elephants from entering empty lands and covering abandoned cultivation wells, were other meassures that were also discussed.
The awareness programme had also highlighted the importance of having a good transport service to ensure the safety of employees who have to get back home after work at night, the DWC statement said.
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