No Trekking in Wildlife Sanctuary | Goa News
While jeep transport is currently permitted, the Forest Department halted treks to the sanctuary, shortly after receiving evidence of tiger movement in the area.
The jeep operators are of the opinion that the awareness in the village may cause panic among the tourists. “If the government starts raising public awareness of the public address system and if it is heard by tourists, they might run away, leading to a decline in our business,” said Dilip Mairekar, president of the Tour Operators Association of Dudhsagar. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (APCCF) Santosh Kumar dismissed the possibility of any restrictions on the jeep trade. He said the animals normally stay away from the noise of vehicles, so jeep drivers need not worry unless they provoke a wild animal.
“We found tiger pug marks near water bodies in Karanzol. The tiger is a fully grown adult,” Kumar, who is also the chief wildlife warden, told TOI.
Collem sarpanch Gangaram Lambor was surprised by the advice of the forest department to Mollem village panchayat instead of Collem panchayat since the area of Karanzol where the tiger spotted falls under its jurisdiction.