By R. Krishnamoorthy
With the newly-created Hasanur Forest Division taking formal shape, the department is able to plan effective monitoring in the cross-border areas of Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) with relative ease, according to officials.
The department is in a position to bolster manpower by inducting more anti-poaching watchers chosen from among locals in the forest area with innate knowledge of the terrain. There will be 150 anti-poaching watchers for STR: 90 for Sathy division and the rest for Hasanur Division, official sources said.
Camps for anti-poaching watchers with monitoring equipment would be established in cross-border areas to prevent movement of poachers. Patrolling in areas specified to each individual could be read with GPS technology, Conservator of Forests and Field Director, Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve, I. Anwardin, said.