SMUGGLING OF INDIAN BULLFROGS TO GOA, POSES ECOLOGICAL THREAT TO KARNATAKA: REPORTS

High demand for jumping chicken and curried frog legs in Goa has posed a severe threat to Indian Bullfrog in North Kannada districts.

According to English daily – Deccan Herald, Several gangs are at work to catch the bullfrog, at the wetlands of the districts, and supply the same to hotels and restaurants in Goa.

During monsoon, a network of gangs makes fortune by poaching bullfrogs in the wetlands along Bhatkal and transporting the same to Goa. Hunting for frogs has already begun in the districts, claims Manjunath Nayak, biodiversity researcher of Wildlife welfare society of Karnataka.

“Smuggling of Indian Bullfrogs is on for the past one decade. Frog hunting in Goa and the forest department there has ensured strict implementation of the ban. But that is not the case in Karnataka. Despite the ban, a network of gangs catch frogs and transport them to Goa hoodwinking the officials,” Nayak complained : DH Reported

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