the last six long-billed vultures in inland south India has become a challenge
for the Forest Department even in a protected vulture sanctuary in Ramanagaram.
With rampant trespassing in 346.14 hectares in and around Ramadevara Betta —
which became the country’s second vulture sanctuary in January 2012 — the
department has now decided to fix a fee to enter the park. According to
ornithologists and wildlife experts, in the absence of an entry fee, the haven
for the endangered species had become an open ground for miscreants. Recently,
forest officials arrested two persons for allegedly attempting to harm the
vultures. A similar attempt was recorded last October.