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Wildlife activist cries foul over research base in elephant corridor at Bandipur

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Chamarajanagar: Wildlife activist and former Wildlife Board member Joseph Hover has strongly opposed the ranch set up by wildlife conservationist Sanjay Gubbi for the purpose of research as the very area falls under Bandipur eco -sensitive zone.

The research base has come up on 15 guntas of four-acre land owned by Gubbi at Yelchetty, Kundukere range, Bandipur Tiger Reserve Forest, which actually comes within the elephant corridor. The property is registered in Gubbi’s wife’s name.

While the matter is being heard in the High Court of Karnataka, surprisingly, Conservator of Dorests, S R Natesh, has approved Gubbi’s application to set up his ranch in a short span of just two days. Lightening quick we must say, stated Hoover.

Normally, applications need to be approved by the ESZ monitoring committee. It takes months, even years, for lesser mortals to get the monitoring committee’s go-ahead.

The forest officers involved in this hasty approval have a lot of uncomfortable questions to answer.

On one hand, the forest department has been requesting philanthropists and corporates to help it re-establish elephant corridors. On the other, it is encouraging well-heeled individuals to fragment the Kaniyanapura elephant corridor.

If the Government of Karnataka allows these so-called conservationists to get away scot free, it should also go easy on poachers and encroachers.

It is a shame that fame and fortune- hungry conservationists are working against the very essence of wildlife conservation, Joseph Hoover alleged.

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