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Srinagar, Oct 5 (UNI) Expressing concern over the increase in the man-wildlife conflicts in Jammu and Kashmir, Adviser to Governor H H Tyabji said the trend has to be reversed.

More than 80 people, including women and children, were killed and 330 others wounded in animal attacks in the state during the past two years. In retaliation, about a dozen wild animals were also killed by the agitated people during the period.

Speaking at a function here yesterday Mr Tyabji cautioned against increasing man and wildlife conflicts describing it a matter of great concern in present day civilisation.

He said ''Wildlife habitats have largely shrunk as a result of human activities. We have to reverse the trend, restore our rich bio-diversity,'' he added.

Quoting the famous quotation of Sufi saint Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani (RA) 'Ann Pooshi Teli Yeli Van Pooshi', he said this is of utmost relevance in the present context.

Mr Tyabji said the Wildlife Week observed each year from October 2 to 8, coincides with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

He said this occasion provides us an opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to the values of truth and non-violence as propounded by great saints and philosophers.

The man-wild animal conflict has increased in the Kashmir valley, forcing wildlife authorities to formulate a comprehensive management plan to meet the challenge. The plan included involving infrastructural strengthening, awareness campaign and better communication.

The plan has been submitted to the Union Ministry of Environment and forests and the state Planning Department for financial assistance.

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