Fresh combing operations will begin in all the four elephant reserves in the State on Monday.
The drive comes as part of the enhanced wildlife protection measures in the wake of reports of elephant poaching at Edamalayar forest. The reports of elephant poaching have raised serious questions on the effectiveness of wildlife protection in the State.
The officials have also been asked to identify the risk factors and vulnerable areas in their respective regions and to list out the measures for enhancing protection, B.S. Corrie, Chief of Forest Force, said after a visit to the Edamalayar forest area on Saturday.
The four elephant reserves of the State include Wayanad, Nilambur, Periyar, and Anamudi.
During the earlier tour, the officials had identified parts of five elephant carcass at Edamalayar forest. The accused in the poaching case were also taken to the sites of hunting as part of the investigation. Incidents of elephant poaching came out following a confessional statement made by a member of the poaching group.
The forest officials have also been asked to develop a database of wildlife offences as prescribed by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau. The database will be shared across the forest divisions. The wildlife offences registered in the State, the modus operandi of the offenders, and the current position of the cases will also be drawn up for follow-up action, it has been decided.
During the investigation, the elephant poachers had taken forest officials through the forest routes, which were hitherto unknown to officials. There are a few other forest routes too, which are used by the locals. Such routes will be added to the regular patrolling routes of forest officials.
Strengthening of intelligence gathering network and reactivating Jagratha Samithies, Vana Samrakshana Samithies, and eco-development committees to prevent wildlife crimes have also been planned, said Mr. Corrie.