Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pune international airport may scare off Indian wolves

Pune: Forest areas in and around Purandar taluka, the site for the Pune international airport, are also home to Indian Grey wolves.
Wildlife experts are worried that the airport will have an adverse effect on their habitat. A detailed report mentioning four specific Purandar-based locations that would affect the wolf population will be submitted to the state government with a request to turn these spots into wildlife protection zones.
Mihir Godbole, a Pune-based wildlife enthusiast, who has been working on and off with the forest department towards the conservation of the wolf population in the area, said the state government must look into the matter and take steps to ensure that the animals are not affected.
Once the ground survey starts, several committees will be formed by the state government to look into various issues which will also include the environmental committee and the team will assess forest area and wildlife in Purandar, he said.
26/10/16 Joy Sengupta/Times of India