BRT: Animals stare at shortage of food, water

BRT: Animals stare at shortage of food, water

In the wild

Come March and the temperature levels begin to rise to maximum leaving everybody with a parched throat and sweating body.

(Clockwise from above) An Indian gaur wanders in search of food at the BRT forest range in Yalandur. A deer searches for fresh grass. A view of the BRT forest range. dh photos by goolipura n manju

It is much more worse in the border district Chamarajanagar and the wild animals in the forest are left with no choice but to bear the scorching heat throughout the summer.

The BRT forest range in Yalandur in the taluk which resembles a thick forest with a lot of bushes, weeds and trees have gone completely dry with all the trees shedding its leaves and the animals finding it difficult as there is literally no greenery. The lakes and water sources in the forest are fast drying up and the animals and birds had to travel a long distance to find them.

The people residing in the fringes of the forest are now anxious that these animals may stray into the villages in search of food and water and may pose threat to their lives.

Speaking to the newspaper, RFO Nagaraju disclosed that there is no rain since the past five months which has resulted in the rise in temperature levels. Though there was sufficient rains in 2011, 2012 is yet to receive the first rains and the average rainfall is approximately 100 cms.

Importance has been given to protect the lakes and tanks in the forests to enable the animals find water even during summer. Some animals can live by consuming dry grass and there are fresh grass amid thick vegetation. Steps have also been taken to prevent forest fires so that the animals do not run out of food.

Explaining further RFO said 40 people are working in the forest range in the taluk and people of Soliga tribe are appointed to check wildfire and also laying fire line.

Around 25 people have been appointed for the purpose this year and are paid under NREGS. The government is also providing Rs 2,600 per km for laying fire line, which is insufficient, he opined.

The animals will not find it difficult in finding water sources as there are Erekatte, Suntikatte, Belavatha, Krishnaiahana katte, Gowdahalli dhyana and others with sufficient water.  As rains have delayed this year, it has become difficult for the animals to find food, he added.

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