The Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan province has launched patrols to stop farmers harvesting bamboo shoots, the main food source for wild pandas during mating season, China Daily reported Friday.
The reserve has about 150 wild pandas and each eats up to 2.5 kilograms of bamboo shoots a day, the report said. Other animals like deer and black bears also fed on the crop, which used to be a supplementary income for farmers.
Harvesting bamboo shoots would also unsettle wild pandas — “not the most lustful of animals” — during the mating season, it said.
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