By R. Krishna Kumar
The recent arrests of small-time poachers on the periphery of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks have highlighted the underlying threat to wildlife despite intense patrolling by the Forest Department.
While two persons, suspected to have poached a monitor lizard at BRT sanctuary in Chamarajanagar district, were nabbed by range officers on Monday, three persons accused of hunting a sambar at Nagarahole in Mysore district were taken into custody on Friday.
According to sources in the Forest Department, poaching of small animals such as spotted deer and wild boar tends to be high during the festival season, but it mostly takes place beyond the national parks’ boundaries. However, a few individuals manage to sneak into national parks or wildlife sanctuaries despite the measures taken by the authorities.
Bandipur and Nagarahole are contiguous to BRT, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary and M.M. Hills. The entire area has a large number of tigers, ranging from 180 to 200, apart from elephants, leopards, dholes, spotted deer, barking deer and sambar.
More camps set up
Mr. Kantharaj, Conservator of Forests and Director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, told The Hindu that a slew of measures were in place to curb poaching He said the number of anti-poaching camps in Bandipur had been increased from 43 to 46 this year. More....