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Death of wild animals on rise due to road accidents at Bandipur National Park

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After forests fires destroyed thousands of acres in Bandipur National Park which was successfully controlled, the reserve which has one of the highest tigers in the wild in the country is now witnessing road accidents that killed three wild animals during the last one week.     In a fresh incident yesterday, a spotted deer calf was mowed down by a speeding vehicle. Bandipur Tiger Reserve officials said that incident happened near the water body (Bandipur Kere) close to project director’s office.

A speeding vehicle heading towards Mudumalai hit the spotted deer calf that was crossing the road. Officials already registered a case and taken up the investigation and retrieved the CCTV footage for identifying the vehicle, said T Balachandra, Conservator of Forests and Field Director, Project Tiger, Bandipur. Two days ago a wild boar was mowed down by a speeding vehicle near the Melukamanahalli Gate outside the Tiger Reserve. The miscreants, after hitting the boar, abandoned the vehicle and fled the spot. We have seized the vehicle and a criminal case has been registered,” the officer explained. Similarly, four days ago another spotted deer was also knocked down by a speeding vehicle within the park limits and officials are still verifying the CCTV footage to identify the vehicle. This type of road incidents has once again highlighted the importance of stringent regulation of traffic even as the Supreme Court is hearing a petition filed by Kerala government pertaining to revoking night traffic ban through Bandipur forests

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