At Neyyar park, 12 spotted deer died in the last one-and-half months
Gavi, a small village in Seethathodu panchayat in Pathanamthitta, is a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR) since 2012.
The Forest department staff had earlier set up more than 300 sources of water in 1.65 hectares of forest area along the stretch to provide drinking water facilities to wild animals.
The study found that the cultivation of crops like pineapple, paddy, tapioca, banana, areca nut and coconut in encroached forest areas was attracting animals to human dominated areas.
BJP MLA Agara Jnanendra went to the extent of demanding that the government allow them to use weapons to kill wild animals.