India, Aug. 16 -- The growing number of animal-human encounters in different parts of the state has forced the government to fence affected villages on a pilot basis as a preventive measure.

The Cabinet approved Rs.100 crore for fencing villages affected by wild animal attacks. The plan will be executed under Dr Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Jan Van Vikas scheme to carried out in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

According to the wildlife officials, leopard, tiger, wild boar and elephant attacks have increased in Maharashtra in the recent past with experts citing shrinking habitats and food shortages for wildlife as main reasons. Attacks by leopards are mainly reported from Pune and Ahmednagar districts, wild boar and elephant in Kolhapur and tiger near th...