Bengaluru: An expert committee will be set up by the state government to probe the repearting deaths of tigers and elephants in various protected areas of Karnataka. Forest, Environment and Ecology Minister Ramanath Rai said that a committee comprising experts from various fields would be set up to look into the issue.
“An inquiry panel will be set up soon. They will come out with mitigation measures. We will be drawing experts from various disciplines who will inquire into the lacunae in our protection measures so that such incidents do not occur again and again,” said Rai.
In the last 20 days, four tigers and four elephants have died, sending shock waves across the state and putting a question mark on Karnataka’s conservation and protection measures. This year, Karnataka has witnessed the death of 17 tigers due to various reasons. Four elephants died, starting with Sidda who suffered for almost two months and died after his rescue.