Erumeli bison attack: DFO clarifies on 'shoot down' order

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Deadbody of Antony who was killed in Bison attack being brought to his residence on Friday(May 19).

Kottayam: DFO N Rajesh on Saturday informed that efforts were made to track the bison which disappeared into deep forests after wreaking havoc in Erumeli on the other day. "Though efforts were underway from the other day, the bison remains elusive," he noted.

DFO maintained that tranquiliser dart will be used and "shooting down the animal" is not a proactive solution. It may be noted that the government on the other day had given authority to the police and the fire force in Erumeli to shoot the bison if it ventures into human habitats and turn aggressive, after local residents protested at Kannamala near Erumeli and blocked traffic along the busy Erumeli-Pampa road for hours, demanding a government order to shoot down the animal. The protest erupted after two were killed in Erumeli after a bison that ventured into a rubber plantation attacked them.

“There is no need to panic at the moment. The wild animal is roaming somewhere in the deep forest. In case it returns to the residential areas, we have received orders from Chief Wildlife Warden to use tranquilizer shots for bringing the animal under control,” DFO said.

He also elaborated on why shooting down the animal is not proactive. “The demand for killing the animal is pointless. We would rather make efforts to shift the animal to the Periyar Tiger Reserve, in case it returns and creates further trouble,” he added.

A team under the supervision of the High Range Circle Chief Conservator is posted at the conflict region, equipped to handle contingency.

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