Elephants are the biggest problem for forest officials, and stopping them from entering inhabited areas, the biggest challenge. Admitting this on Sunday, director of Nagarahole National Park R Gokul, said, "They can walk for any distance and do anything they want. Each time elephants enter a city or village, the blame is laid on forest department. What can we do if elephants go out of the forest area? It is very difficult to stop them. Even after we take preventive measures, they go. All we can do is to somehow bring them back to the forest area."
He was speaking to the media at a function organised by CCS Corp, who have given cameras worth Rs 35 lakh that can be installed in forests.
Gokul said the cameras will be installed in forests in the next three months, and would click pictures of every animal that passes in front of them. He said most people were not happy at forests getting a 'reserved' tag, especially those staying in the vicinity, as they fear being attacked by animals. They must realise that forests are the main source of ground water. Whatever water is preserved in Kabini is supplied to Bangalore as drinking water, he said.