Tiger Trails – Following the latest pug marks!
Well, going by the latest inputs from the tiger conservation front, things are showing a slight positive turn in Kerala🙂 We saw a couple of encouraging snippets compiled by the news desks in the last few weeks, much to the delight and relief of the wild life enthusiasts! The first one in this regard has been the ban imposed on tiger trails in Kerala. It will do good for the beasts as tiger trails might get the animals acquainted with man, which could prove costly for the animals when they confront the poachers. Also the relentless inflow of tourists harm the ecosystem and its habitat, which in turn could make the reclusive animals of tigers restless and anxious.
Wild life news snippets from Idukki district and from other parts like Azeekode in Kannur have also been encouraging. In one case a young female tigress that killed a 2 year old boy in the area was trapped alive and set free in the deep jungles whereas a leopard was rescued and set free in another case. If it were a few years ago, the story would have ended on a gory note where the wild life officials would summon sharp shooters and hunters to track it down after setting live prey baits. There is absolutely no scope for all these types of misadventures any more as the tiger figures are precariously low and to revive the tiger population is indeed a mighty and challenging task ahead of us.
However, this does not mean that all is well in the wild life conservation front of Kerala. The story of a young wild bull elephant which died under very bad circumstances again puts a big question mark on the commitment of the public and wild life officials in protecting our natural wealth and wild life treasures. The badly wounded elephant which sought refuge in a pool near eco point in Munnar, which is frequented by tourists was badly tormented . The people started pelting stones and bottles on this helpless animal, which succumbed to its injuries later in the day. As always, investigations are on and the minister has sought explanation from the wild life officials, which we all know will reach nowhere and are nothing short of an eyewash! It is a shame that Keralites who take credit of being the most educated populace in India is behaving like a primitive hunting tribe. We need to mend our ways and habits to make sure that Kerala remains beautiful the way it was created !