Title: Wild Gaur Enters Town of Kotagiri in the Nilgiris: Residents Urging Increased Measures to Tackle Man-Animal Conflict
A growing concern of wild gaur (commonly known as bison) threats and menaces has gripped the border of Kotagiri town in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, India. With forests drying up and wildlife being forced into residential areas due to fear of bison attacks, residents are calling for round-the-clock efforts by foresters to combat the escalating man-animal conflict. This article sheds light on the gravity of the situation and emphasizes the need for swift action.
Updated: October 17, 2023 20:09 IST
Residents’ Plea for Immediate Measures:
Residents of the Kotagiri region are gravely concerned about the increasing intrusion of gaurs into their town. Previously confined to the mountainside, the gaurs have now begun venturing into the city limits, causing panic among the residents. Linda, a resident, stated, “Residents are panicking as the threat of gaurs is no longer limited to the mountainous regions.” The drying up of forests has displaced wildlife, forcing them to seek refuge near residential areas, further aggravating the issue.
Dangers of the Wild Bison:
In recent days, the Donington area of Kotagiri in Nilgiris has witnessed a surge in gaur scare. Janesa, another concerned resident, highlighted the fact that 60 percent of Nilgiri district comprises forested areas that serve as habitats for elephants, tigers, leopards, bison, bears, and various other wild animals. However, due to scarcity of food in these forest areas, these animals often encroach upon residential areas. Consequently, the fear of encountering wild animals has left local residents confined to their homes, particularly after sunset when gaurs venture into the city in search of grass in the fields.
Past Encounters and Injuries:
Janesa drew attention to a recent incident where a 30-year-old local farmer named Shiva sustained injuries from a bison while working in a carrot garden in the nearby village of Mutukula near Utagai. Prompt action by local people ensured the safety of both Shiva and the bison. Shiva was subsequently admitted to the Ooty Government Medical College for treatment. The incident serves as a grim reminder of the potential risks posed by these powerful animals.
About the Gaur:
The gaur, also known as the Indian bison, is a bovine species indigenous to South Asia and Southeast Asia. It possesses a robust physique and a distinctive high convex ridge between its horns, projecting forward and creating a deep depression in the head’s profile.
Q: What steps are being taken to tackle the man-animal conflict in Kotagiri?
A: Local residents are urging foresters to be actively involved throughout the day to address the issue effectively.
Q: Are there other wild animals that pose a threat in the Nilgiri district?
A: Yes, apart from gaurs, elephants, tigers, leopards, bears, and other wild animals are also present in the forested areas, often encroaching upon residential zones due to inadequate food sources.
Q: How can residents stay safe from wild animals?
A: It is advisable for residents to exercise caution and avoid venturing out after sunset when animals like gaurs are more likely to stray into residential areas.
The intrusion of wild gaurs into Kotagiri town has become a matter of grave concern for residents. Urgent action is needed to mitigate the man-animal conflict by ensuring the safety of both residents and wildlife. Swift measures and increased vigilance by foresters can help address the issue effectively and restore harmony between humans and animals.