By R. Krishna Kumar
Monsoon patrolling will be introduced at the Bandipur Tiger Reserve from July 15 to deter poachers who tend to be active in the rainy season.
Patrolling squads will be deployed along 13 select anti-poaching camps spread over different ranges and each squad will have five armed personnel.
This is in addition to the existing 41 anti-poaching camps, each of which is manned by four staffers and the mobile special tiger force active in Bandipur and Nagarahole.
H.C. Kantharaj, Conservator of Forests, and director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, told The Hindu that it would be a temporary and seasonal endeavour to strengthen the regular anti-poaching exercise .
The Forest Department has identified a few sensitive and vulnerable zones in Bandipur where incursions for hunting by locals are a possibility due to the belief that there is a lull in patrolling during monsoon. Special vigil would be kept along the Karnataka-Kerala border where poachers tend adopt a hit-and-run tactic — striking on the Karnataka side of the forests and escaping to Kerala — making it difficult for local guards to pursue them.
“The concept of monsoon patrolling was conceived two years ago. We are regularly doing it as a result of which the boundaries of Bandipur and the borders with the neighbouring State are sealed." More....