Wanted! Wild boar hunters; Why few respond to Forest Dept notice

Wanted! Wild boar hunters; Why few respond to Forest Dept notice
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Pathanapuram: The Kerala Forest Department is looking for shooters who can kill wild boars which have become a menace for agriculture. Though months have elapsed since the authorities called for the services of shooters, even promising Rs 1,000, only two people have so far responded from across the Kollam district.

The notice calling for wild boar hunters is set to expire on November 17. It was issued in the wake of rampant trouble caused by wild boars and subsequent protests by farmers.

Terms to shoot

As per the law, wild boars that venture into residential areas could be gunned down. However, the stiff conditions have likely turned off people who don't mind killing an animal.

Those eligible to kill wild boars that cause nuisance should hold a valid gun licence. Besides, they should receive the formal nod from the Forest Department. Its officials have the licence to kill and they give training for shooters from among the public.

Shooting orders can be executed only in the jurisdiction of those panchayats where the Janjagratha Councils have given nod for them. The latter's permission is currently available only for Pattayi Vadakkekara and Neduvathoor panchayats in the district.

These public safety councils have not been organised in other areas.

Other conditions for shooters call for a clean police record. They should be ready to bear any consequences as a result of the shooting. Moreover, they should reach the spot as a call to shoot is issued.

The public notice calling for shooters from outside the area was issued as no local talent was ready to come forward apparently owing to the stringent terms set by the authorities.

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