Mysuru: A male hyena was allegedly killed in a road accident at Achakarai junction, Masinagudi, Mudhumalai Tiger Reserve in the wee hours of Sunday.
According to the autopsy, “Initially the external and ground condition was seen. The carcass was lying just by the road side on a fallen tree trunk. It had a slight injury on its face and mouth.”
Heavy hemorrhage and internal bleeding were also noticed during post mortem. Samples of viscera are also taken for lab analysis.
It is said that it should have been hit by an unidentified vehicle.
A wildlife case has been registered and RFO, Masinagudi is instructed to form a team to investigation to find out the vehicle involved in this accident.
According to United Conservation Movement, in its statement “Our wildlife species are not safe even during the covid-19 induced lockdown.”
Despite the order of Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) dated dated June 4 on restriction on movement of people inside tiger reserves, a male hyena is killed.
It is obvious that someone driving rash, inside the tiger reserve, knocked down the animal.
Is illegal tourism going on in the reserve?
Possibly, as hundreds of photos and camera trap images of schedule animals, including cubs of leopards have been circulated during the lockdown.
The pictures of this hyena and its mate had been in circulation on social media platforms. Possibly someone who wanted to film the hyena could have knocked it down in the night.
It is disappointing that senior forest officials have cast a blind eye to the illegal goings on in the tiger reserve.
The MoEFCC and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) shoud call for an enquiry and reprimand the guilty.
Mudhumalai Tiger Reserve needs special attention as there have been frequent unnatural wildlife deaths, stated United Conservation Movement.
– Team Mysoorunews