Animal deaths in Bandipur, Nagarahole and different protected areas are being monitored and the viscera analysed in laboratory to rule out the opportunity of COVID-19 outbreak within the animal world.
Experiences of lions testing optimistic for COVID-19 other than a couple of deaths reported in numerous elements of the world has led the federal government to challenge pointers in administration of nationwide parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the course of the pandemic time.
Mahesh Kumar, Director, Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, stated based mostly on the advisory the Forest Division was additionally monitoring the loss of life of animals inside nationwide parks and sending samples for laboratory evaluation.
The advisory states that illness surveillance, mapping and monitoring must be enhancement by way of coordinated efforts in order to stop any outbreak on the earliest.
The same round was issued final 12 months based mostly on which a process drive comprising native officers and veterinary employees was constituted and it’s nonetheless working, he added.
It’s a basic advisory to all chief wildlife wardens of all of the States and Union Territories and has been issued by the Union Ministry of Surroundings, Forest and Local weather Change.
The advisory requires minimising human-animal interface and the nationwide park is already closed for guests and safari was suspended when the State ordered weekend lockdown final month. Even the NTCA has sought the closure of parks for tourism and is already being complied with, in keeping with Mr. Mahesh Kumar.
The advisory additionally stipulates that employees and area functionaries have to be COVID-19 damaging when they’re deputed for obligation whereas the motion of individuals into the park or by way of the park needs to be restricted.
The park managers have additionally been suggested to represent a process drive comprising veterinary docs in order to handle any suspected instances within the forest limits. Creation of a round the clock reporting mechanism has been suggested with a nodal officer for the swift administration of any case.
Wildlife activists stated restriction in motion of individuals was already there by means of suspension of safari. However steps have to be taken to make sure that individuals dwelling within the hamlets stay COVID-19 free as they had been in shut proximity with wildlife.