By P. Oppili
Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve’s strategy to prevent poachers from neighbouring State.
Officials of the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) in Erode district are in the process of preparing a problem profile for each range.
At present, the STR has five Ranges – Bhavani Sagar, Hasanoor, Sathyamangalam, Thalavadi, T.N. Palayam. Of the five ranges, three are sharing the inter-State border with Karnataka, where the issues relating to poaching have to be monitored and controlled.
According to Forest Department sources, for nearly a distance of 60 km, the reserve has a boundary with Karnataka forests, and poachers used to cross over to Tamil Nadu side after poaching wildlife.
In the first week of this month, the officials seized crude bombs from three poachers, who were later arrested. “In order to control such incidents in the future, the profile is being prepared. The officers are interacting with the field staff such as Rangers, Foresters, Guards and Watchers to prepare the profile,” said a senior forest officer.
Two divisions to be created
Already, a proposal has been prepared to create two divisions in the Tiger Reserve. While there will be one division headquartered at Sathyamangalam, the second will be Hasanoor, for better management and protection. An officer in the rank of Deputy Director will be posted in each division. Similarly, there is also a proposal to increase the number of ranges. More....