Mysuru, October 17:- “Vehicular movement is banned at night for the protection of wildlife at Bandipur. However, the Kerala government is lobbying to cancel this,” said retired IFS officer AC Laxman on Wednesday.
He was speaking at the 22nd ‘Conservation Speak’ programme hosted at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in the city.
“Ban on vehicular movement at night on the highway at the Bandipur wildlife sanctuary should not be withdrawn at any cost. Withdrawing the ban will definitely help illegal activities. It is sad to know that Rahul Gandhi, who has been elected as Member of Parliament from Wayanad is also against the ban,” he said.
“Locals have put pressure on the Forest Department to kill the man-eater tiger captured in Gundlupet but some have objected to this. Forest department officials should take a cautious decision,” he said.
S Varshini, a student of St Joseph School, gave information about birds on the occasion.
Wildlife expert Kripakara-Senani, Additional Chief Conservator of Forests BP Ravi, executive director of the zoo Ajit Kulkarni and others were present. (MR/KS)