Kendrapara, April 24 (LocalWire): The Bhitarkanika national park issued a notice on Tuesday stating the closure of the park from 1 May to 31 July during the breeding season of estuarine crocodiles.
The notice stated that every year the park is closed down for three months so that the reptiles are not disturbed during nesting. Saltwater crocodiles become aggressive during the breeding season and can attack people without provocation. Therefore, for three months, Bhitarkanika, Dangamala, and Ragadapati forest blocks will be off limits for tourists and the general public.
Last year, Bhitarakanika Wildlife Sanctuary authorities had spotted 101 nests of estuarine crocodiles in Kanika, Gahirmatha, Mahakalapada, and Rajnagar Wildlife Forest Range Divisions under Bhitarkanika national park.
Notably, the park is home to around 1,742 estuarine crocodiles.
Every year, the forest officials collect eggs from the nesting sites for incubation under semi-natural conditions. For the conservation of the endangered species, hatchlings are reared for a period of three years and then released into the wild.