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Spike in number of snares on farm lands

Mysuru: Though there were regular drives from foresters and flora and fauna fanatics to remove the deadly snares from farm lands adjoining to wooded area spaces, the quantity has no longer come down.
Foresters and flora and fauna activists believe that the rising call for for wild animals’ meat from revellers who consult with the restaurants and lodges close to wooded area spaces has lured farm house owners into catching the animals using snares.

Foresters mentioned the snares fabricated from metal wires are laid in farm lands mostly to catch wild boars and rabbits. There are a number of incidents the place animals like tigers, leopards, deer, sloth bears and even elephants have got stuck within the deadly traps and have been injured or got killed.

According to sources, farm lands adjoining to Nagarahole and Bandipur Tiger Reserves have loads of such snares to catch the wild animals. The miscreants arrange to catch the animals stuck within the snare during evening and straight away delivery it to a secure place with out coming to the awareness of the foresters, they added.

Wildlife volunteers from Indian Anti Snare Combing Force (IASCF), which is headed by Navin Raj N, have organised a number of drives in wooded area spaces within the state and got rid of loads of snares from the farm lands.

In the last week of January, the group got rid of nearly fifty deadly snares from agriculture fields bordering Nagarahole Tiger Reserve. Continuing their effort to remove the snares on February 10, nearly 30 volunteers conducted the power on the borders of Karigala wooded area close to Hunsur coming beneath Nagarahole Tiger Reserve and located 66 snares in simply 3 hours.

Speaking to TOI, Navin Raj mentioned those snares had been laid to catch wild boars and rabbits that undertaking into farm lands.

“Some revellers who consult with the lodges and restaurants during weekends call for wild animals’ meat. The hospitality centres then touch some farms bordering the wooded area spaces providing them excellent money. This manner the land house owners are lured into laying more selection of snares,” he mentioned.

During the Sunday combing operation, Navin Raj and his group found 17 snares at only one farm in Hunsur. “The land proprietor has erected a fence around his farm, however has left a couple of openings to permit wild animals to go into the farm. He laid snares at those openings to catch the wild animals,” Navin Raj mentioned, including that they found, more snares on farms close to Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, than Bandipur.

When NewsTread contacted Nagarahole Tiger Reserve director Ok M Narayanaswamy, he mentioned many strict measures were taken to forestall miscreants from catching wild animals.

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