By: Jagdish Bhatt
The recovery of some tiger baiting apparatus in the Gohri range of the Rajai National Park has sent panic signals amongst the wild life and forest department authorities here, which is already reeling under the impact of a large number of tiger deaths in the two national parks of Uttarakhand, which have been taken note of by even the central authorities.
Though it is yet to be ascertained whether the apparatus was set by the poachers, or villagers in the immediate vicinity who are on a tiger killing spree, because the felines are making prey of their cattle, but it has certainly put up the forest staff on their feet. Instructions have been given to the filed staff to spruce up their combing operations and be more alert.
Even as efforts are being made to locate who could be the brain behind the baiting apparatus that was found in the Park area, it has been decided to quiz the van gujjars to know if they had seen any movement of suspicious elements within the forest areas. Night vigil in the Park areas is also being strengthened following the recovery.
The matter becomes serious as in the six months of this year as many as eight carcasses of tigers and tigresses were found in the Park areas and their immediate landscape, which had sent the forest authorities here in a tizzy. The main reason for this was the fact that in most of these cases the felines had been poisoned to death and as their skin and organs were in tact, it did not appear to be the handiwork of poachers, who normally do not leave these behind. More....