A Correspondent

KATTAPPANA: In an effort to prevent diseases from spreading to wild animals of the Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR), forest officials have initiated steps to control the entry of stray dogs into the reserve.

The personnel from Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are catching stray dogs and taking them to safer places. “This will continue for a few days,” said Georgy P. Mathachen, Deputy Director, PTR, on Tuesday.

He said that certain diseases like the Foot-and-mouth disease are spreading from domestic animals to wild animals.

Moreover, the Mullapeiryar dam, which is the only source of drinking water to the wildlife in the PTR, is highly polluted.

It had been noticed that the slaughter houses and hotels in Kumily were dumping waste to the Mullaperiyar. The water in the dam was found to be polluted during the summer season.

The PTR had been taking strict measures to prevent the entry of animals and carriers of diseases inside the forest. According to sources, the monkeys living around the entry point in Thekkady had become easy carriers of diseases and the stray dogs had attacked the tourists.

Mr. Mathachen said that it had taken serious measures to protect wild animals in the PTR like vaccinating the animals which live in the buffer zones.