Growing concern over people feeding animals at Bandipur has forced the authorities to constitute a wildlife patrol wing to curb the menace.
H.C. Kantharaj, director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, told The Hindu that two vehicles will be deployed on the two highways cutting through the national park. While one vehicle will be dedicated to monitor NH-212 connecting Gundlupet and Wayanad and passing through Bandipur forests, another will monitor NH-67 connecting Gundlupet and Ooty. The authorities plan to take the support of volunteers to start with.
“The volunteers will keep a tab on vehicles and will discourage motorists from stopping en route,” Mr. Kantharaj said.
In addition, the Forest Department plans to distribute pamphlets to the public at check-posts about the perils of feeding wildlife. It is common to sight people feeding bonnet macaques, wild boars, sambhars and deers. Besides, introducing a diet pattern that is inimical to wildlife may make animals an easy prey for poachers who could lure them with feed.