Forest department's bid to save wild animals
The Forest Department is all set to issue a notice to the National Highway Authorities of India(NHAI) to install speed breakers on its NH 212 as wild animals were being fatally knocked down by speeding vehicles.
The decision was taken following the death of a spotted deer which was hit by a speeding truck on National Highway 212 connecting Mysore and Kozhikode in Kerala only three days back The sources in the Bandipur Tiger reserve told UNI that the highway passes through Bandipur National Park for a length of 17 km and the number of wild animals mowed down by speeding vehicles in the last four years was more than 100.
Three days back a Kerala-bound truck hit a deer, killing it on the spot. More than 20 spotted deer, two leopards, two tigers and about six elephants have been killed by goods transport vehicles on the stretch of the National Highway.
An equal number of wildlife species has been killed on the same stretch of the road that passes through the Waynad Wildlife Sanctuary on the Kerala side. Though wildlife conservationists have time and again urged the government to regulate traffic on the road, their appeals seem to have made no impact on the authorities.