Times News Network, May 16 2017
Kolhapur: The district forest department has decided to initiate a scientific study of the location, food resources and also track behavioral changes for wildlife protection. The study will help frame future conservation plans and will be undertaken after the monsoon season.
Kolhapur’s geographical position is a biological hotspot in the Western Ghats, because of which the district is known for a variety of animals. These include Indian Gaur, wild boar, tiger, the Sambar and Barking deer, wild dogs, bears and many other animals. On the backdrop of the recent man-animal conflicts, the forest department has taken a decision.
Deputy conservator of forests (Kolhapur) Prabhunath Shukla, said, “The forest department will study the animals’ location, their food resources and any change in their behaviour across the district. The study will try to get a holistic view of the wildlife. The department will use modern tracking cameras. We will seek information from zoological experts for the initiative.”