The Gudalur forest division has undertaken restore and upkeep of verify dams and percolation pits to cut back destructive human-elephant interactions within the area.
According to officers, funds from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) had been used for the development of water storage constructions contained in the reserved forests throughout Gudalur division.
District Forest Officer (Gudalur division), Kommu Omkaram, had pro-actively labored to get the constructions constructed, in order that animals, primarily elephants wouldn’t stray out from the extremely fragmented forests of Gudalur into the human settlements seeking water.
The efforts of the Forest Department have been most seen within the O-Valley area of Gudalur, the place throughout the identical time over the previous few years, various folks had been killed attributable to destructive interactions with elephants.
“However, due to meticulous planning, the Forest Department ensured that fruiting trees near to human settlements were removed prior to the elephant migration season, ensuring fewer negative interactions between people and animals,” stated a prime official from the Gudalur forest division.
R. Ayyanar, Forest Range Officer (Cherambadi vary), stated the division had undertaken the development of 1 verify dam and percolation pond this yr, whereas repairs and upkeep had been undertaken in two percolation ponds and 7 verify dams.
“Due to the construction of the dams, there has been no shortage of water for wildlife, with cameras in the region capturing the use of the water storage structures not just by elephants, but also by tigers,” Mr. Ayyanar added.