Vol. 5 Num 317 Mon. April 18, 2005  
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Private deer raisers to pay fees

The Ministry of Environment and Forest yesterday decided to impose fees for licence as well as annual renewal fees for rearing deer at private level.

A meeting of the advisory board of the Wildlife Trust with Minister for Environment and Forest and Trust President Tariqul Islam in the chair took the decision to discourage rearing of the species by individuals and private organisations.

The board fixed Tk 10,000 for having licence to rear a pair of deer and an annual renewal fee of Tk 5,000. The Wildlife Trust that will supervise issuance of licences asked all concerned to receive licence by June 30.

Due to excessive breeding of deer, there is now a very large number of deer in the Nijhum Dwip, leading to scarcity of food and drinking water for the species in the tiny island, the meeting observed.

The forest department released four pairs of spotted deer in Nijhum Dwip in 1978, which have now grown to over 10,000 as there is congenial atmosphere for breeding, Trust sources said.

Scarcity of food and water now forces the deer to go outside the forest. The deer frequently entering into houses and paddy fields are sometimes caught by local people.

Forest department suggested keeping the number of deer in Nijhum Dwip within its capacity to avoid an epidemic in the near future.

The deputy commissioner of Noakhali suggested exporting 1000 to 1500 deer a year and digging eight to ten ponds and creating of grazing land for the deer in Nijhum Dwip.

The meeting also decided to prepare a draft policy in the next month for compensation to the people suffering attacks by tigers and elephants.

The Trust meeting decided to prepare appropriate criteria for operating zoos and mini zoos in the private sector. It decided to continue the current ban on exporting turtles and effective measures to conserve the grey langur at Keshabpur in Jessore.

State Minister for Environment Jafrul Islam Chowdhury, Secretary to the ministry Zafar Ahmed Chowdhury and other high officials were present at the meeting.