Kendrapada, Apr 30 UNI | 3 months ago

The Rajnagar mangrove (wildlife) forest division has imposed a three months ban from today till July 31 on entry of tourists and visitors into Bhitarkanika National park.

The ban has been imposed in view of the nesting of the estuarine crocodiles.

The forest officials said crocodiles should not be disturbed during nesting and breeding times by the intrusion of visitors, DFO of Rajnagar Mangrove Forest and wildlife Division Kedar Kumar Swain said.

He said the movement of the tourists will be restricted in the crocodile infested areas at Bhitarkanika, Dangamala and Ragadapati forest blocks under Bhitarkanika.

Mr Swain said the ban is being imposed on the tourists every year as during the nesting and breeding time the tourists and visitors might disturb the tranquil environment of the crocodiles habitat.

The reptiles become more violent and majority of crocodiles attack reported during the nesting season.

The Bhitarkanika National Park has 1644 number of salt water (Estuarine) crocodiles out of which 504 numbers are hatchlings, 387 yearlings, 307 juvenile crocodiles, 142 sub-adult crocodiles and 304 adult crocodiles, the DFO said.

(Posted on 01-05-2014)