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Bettada Huli! Visitors to Himavad Gopalaswamy Hill sight tiger from close range

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Chamarajanagar: The visitors to Himavad Gopalaswamy Hill in Gundlupet taluk were thrilled after sighting a tiger from the close range.
 
The hill is a part of Bandipur tiger Reserve and the tiger that was sighted is known as ‘Bettada Huli’ ( Tiger of the hill) as it is frequently sighted at the hill.
 
Following the lockdown that resulted in zero public movement for several months between March and July, wildlife came back to life and animals were found moving freely without any interruption.
 
Similarly, a pair of tiger was frequently spotted in the forest especially near the road leading to the top of the hill. 

 
According to priest at Himavad Gopalaswamy temple “We saw a tiger three to four times in a week. The tiger is popular as “Bettada Huli”. 
 
According to the forest department personnel “one male tiger and one tigress roam near the particular area and spend some time on the side walls. Elephants and Bison are commonly spotted nowadays”.
 
While the restriction on private vehicles to the hill is still in place, it proved an added advantage to the animals to roam freely during lockdown induced vacations.
 
– Team Mysoorunews

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