A leopard attacks Roopesh’s cow

On August 2015, Wild Seve receives a call from Roopesh in a village called Antharasanthe. He has lost a cow to a leopard attack. We file a compensation claim for him and five months later, he receives a compensation of Rs. 9,500.

 

 

“I had been facing conflicts with wildlife for the past three years. Leopard attacks on livestock was a common affair. Most conflicts were not reported and people did not try to apply for compensation because of the logistics and bureaucracy involved. Even in the rare cases when people did apply, the process was fraught with difficulty, with poor response from the Karnataka Forest Department,” Roopesh tells us.

With the assistance of Wild Seve, Roopesh says, “the whole process has become very easy. Compensation from the government, which used to be a dream, is now reality”.

Rajaiah receives compensation for his livestock loss

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Rajaiah, from Hongahalli, explains that leopards and tigers attack their livestock regularly, resulting in the loss of many of their animals. However, they had never received any compensation even when applications were filed for their loss.

The process was tedious and time consuming. “I’m pleased that Wild Seve has helped me in filing and receiving the compensation for my livestock’s loss”, he states. He received a fair compensation for the loss of his livestock from the Forest Department for the very first time, and is hopeful of receiving a timely compensation for any future incidents, with the help of the WildSeve team. He has received a compensation of Rs.2000 for his livestock (goat) which was predated upon by a leopard.

Due to logistical and personal difficulties, Rajaiah never used to apply for compensation from the forest department. Now, it has become very easy and less time consuming. WildSeve attends the call every single time and helps the farmer in filing for compensation.

Kalnayaka calls Wild Seve, receives Rs. 9000 from the Karnataka Forest Department

Kalnayaka is local villager from Berambaadi, situated in the G.S. Betta range of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. He explains that there were periodic instances of livestock depredation around periphery of his village. However, in recent years predators have started entering the village and preying on the livestock there.

Kalnayaka lost his goat to a leopard on 28th August 2016 and has had many sleepless nights since. WildSeve has helped to file for compensation with the Forest Department. He acknowledges that the WildSeve team has responded swiftly for any human-wildlife incidents in his village, and states that their presence has boosted morale amongst the villagers. He was compensated Rs.9,000 from the Karnataka Forest Department for the loss of his livestock.

Due to the intervention of WildSeve project, villagers have started to believe in the Karnataka Forest Department allotted compensation. They report every single case of human animal conflict. Like Kalanayaka, it has influenced many villagers to co-operate with the WildSeve team and the forest department. This development augurs well for the future.

Arasamma receives compensation for her livestock

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Arasamma from the village of Mangala has observed many instances of human-wildlife interactions in the area. Livestock grazing near the periphery of the nearby national park boundary have been preyed upon, even in broad daylight.

Arasamma herself has lost over three buffaloes to leopards and tigers. She had never filed for compensation with the State Forest Department, citing the tedious nature of the application process. The WildSeve program has been very helpful in aiding villages file for compensation since the start of its operations in her village.

Arasamma states “WildSeve have responded every time we call their toll-free number, and have helped us in filing the compensation claims, and even follow up the claims with the Forest Department. I have received compensation for the first time in years through their help”. She received a compensation amount of Rs.6,000 for the loss of her livestock.

Villagers like Arasamma have got a ray of hope that they would receive some remuneration for their loss by applying for compensation through the WildSeve program.