by Green Minute News
The Range Forest Officer (RFO) of Gopalswami Betta Wildlife Range of Bandipur National Park was injured on Monday morning when he was attacked by a tiger. RFO Raghvendra sustained injuries in his leg and underwent medical treatment in Gundlupet, Chamrajnagar, Karnataka, India.
According to forest officials, the RFO was hurt when he was suddenly attacked by a tiger that was prowling in the village of Kaligowdanahalli in Gundlupet taluk which is located on the boundary of Bandipur National Park.
The tiger was first sighted in the fields of Srinivas, a farmer who immediately informed the nearby Gopalswamy Betta range forest officials. The official was attacked when he was combing the area along with other field staff and following the pug marks of the tiger.
The RFO was immediately rushed to the nearby government hospital in Gundlupet and was later shifted to Mysuru after the doctors declared him out of danger. This is not the first time range officials and field staff have been attacked by tigers and elephants on field duty especially during man-animal conflict situations in rural areas bordering protected areas. “They need protective gear as also equipment during combing operations and conflict situations,” opine wildlife activists.