Prime Intention of the Blog

"People without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees and wildlife is almost as helpless".

I still remember my childhood days when I used to visit Dandeli a place where even my father started his professional career and also where my most of the relatives were staying.Even though I never brought up in Dandeli no one could stop me to go there since it was just two hours journey from my native. And during every visit I used to get the scoldings from my father and relatives since I used to spend most of the time in forests than in house.So as I grown up my visit to Dandeli became very less except twice or thrice in a year since I became busy with studies but always I had in my mind that I should contribute something to these magnificent forests which inspired me a lot to fall in love with the Conservation.So it is just an attempt from my side to create awareness to save these magnificent animals and landscapes they exist in.If this blog contributes in a small way to achieve this goal I will be the most happiest person in this world.
This blog mainly focuses towards conservation activities in and around Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.This blog doesn't provide any information regarding tourism and its related activities in and around Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.

Total Pageviews

Monday, August 15, 2011

Leopards' spot changed to suit whims of netas

At least half-a-dozen leopards have been transferred from Bellary and surrounding areas to Dandeli in the past six months allegedly violating the norms set for translocating leopards whose numbers are dwindling drastically. 

Sources say the reasons are better known to the officials, though the local wildlife enthusiasts allege it was being done to please a few netas who advance a “concern for people” argument. “There has been no human-leopard conflict and there has been no death due to leopard attacks in the region. On occasion, these animals were either found sitting on boulders adjoining the villages or were sighted pouncing on canines (dogs and wolves),” said Santosh Martin, a wildlife enthusiast here.

“ It is common for these animals to stray outside the villages and canines are their prey. The villagers have complained to the local leaders who have forced the forest department to act,” he added.

K S Abdul Samad, another wildlife enthusiast and president, Society for Wildlife Adventure and Nature (SWaN), a resident of Hospet says he is conscious about the dwindling leopard population here. 

“What is worrying is that the leopards from here are being shifted to Dandeli National Park, which is a western ghats region and we are not sure whether these animals which have adapted to dryland can survive there,” he says.

More than half-a-dozen leopards have been shifted from the region here, all from Hospet region during this year. One leopard was captured and shifted to Dandeli in April 2011. It was followed by another in June 2011 from Joga forest fringes, while another was shifted from Kurekuppa village recently in the first week of August (2011). In addition to this, three were captured in Gangavathi by the department.

The locals claim that three leopards were captured from adjacent areas of Bellary. 

Well-known felinist Ravi Chellam said he was not aware of the matter but stated  if such a  thing is happenings it is in violation of the guidelines issued by Ministry of Environment and Forests issued in April 2011.

According to the guidelines, removal of the leopards from one location does not help in any way as the leopards exhibit amazing homing instincts and many animals traverse through other densely populated landscapes to reach back to their original territories.
The guidelines prescribe that a leopard should be captured only in two instances - first, where it has attacked a human being, and second, where it is trapped - in a room, for example. 

The guidelines, apart from emphasising that capture should be the last option, recommend that captured leopards should be released within the immediate vicinity of their captivity - that is, within their home range. as the research has shown that the translocation of leopards to faraway places only leads to conflict - either another leopard might take its place or the conflict might spread to the place of translocation, or the translocated leopard will try to return home, thereby running into conflicts with humans along the way.

The guidelines also recommend that leopards that have attacked humans or have been held captive for more than a month should not be released into the wild. However the forest officials were not available for comment.
An edited version of this article was published in Deccan Herald and can be read from the link below:

No comments:

Post a Comment