Puttur: As the news spread that a pair of bisons (Indian gaur), called kaaTi in local languages, had been moving around during the previous week, residents around Renjaladi have been living in an atmosphere of scare.
First it was thought to be a mischievous rumour. But now more and more residents confirm having spotted them in Kallagudde and Kadya. A woman spotted them first on Dec 23 and informed her neighbours.
Workers engaged in rubber-tapping profession too have said that they had seen them. On Dec 24, Sudhir, a local inhabitant, spottted them while walking by his usual route at Taudinja. He is said to have run away in fear.
In the meantime, some of those living around have tried to drive them with sounds, following which they disappeared for some time.
Another resident, Neelappa, confirmed that he had seen them behind his house on Dec 22. He said that during the previous night his dogs had kept on barking. Apparently, they had seen the bisons.
After grazing for some time, they are said to have run towards a hill behind the house. The residents are trying to seek the help of the forest personnel to protect themselves besides their farm produce.
But the forest officials insist that the bisons by themselves are harmless by nature. They do not march into farms as elephants do. Let alone, they will not do any damage to humans.
But like any other animals, they tend to attack only when they feel threatened or see any perceived danger, they do. Since they are rare animals and have rugged looks, people tend to think that they are ferocious.
If anyone comes across themat close distance, it would be safer to keep away discreetly so that they would not be alarmed and respond violently, the forest personnel say.
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