Spike in number of snares on farm lands

  • | Tuesday | 12th February, 2019

“The land owner has erected a fence around his farm, but has left a few openings to allow wild animals to enter the farm. This way the land owners are lured into laying more number of snares,” he said.During the Sunday combing operation, Navin Raj and his team found 17 snares at just one farm in Hunsur. He laid snares at these openings to catch the wild animals,” Navin Raj said, adding that they found, more snares on farms near Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, than Bandipur.When TOI contacted Nagarahole Tiger Reserve director K M Narayanaswamy, he said many strict measures have been taken to prevent miscreants from catching wild animals. Mysuru: Though there have been regular drives from foresters and wildlife enthusiasts to remove the deadly snares from farm lands adjacent to forest areas, the number has not come down.Foresters and wildlife activists believe that the growing demand for wild animals’ meat from revellers who visit the restaurants and resorts near forest areas has lured farm owners into catching the animals using snares.Foresters said the snares made of metal wires are laid in farm lands mostly to catch wild boars and rabbits . There are several incidents where animals like tigers, leopards, deer, sloth bears and even elephants have got caught in the deadly traps and have been injured or got killed.According to sources, farm lands adjacent to Nagarahole and Bandipur Tiger Reserves have hundreds of such snares to catch the wild animals.

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