An­i­mals be­gin to ar­rive at Wayanad sanc­tu­ary

Avail­abil­ity of wa­ter & fod­der the at­trac­tion for wildlife from Kar­nataka and T.N.

The Hindu - - SOUTH - E.M. Manoj

With the rise in mer­cury in the Nil­giri Bio­sphere, the sea­sonal mi­gra­tion of wild an­i­mals from wildlife sanc­tu­ar­ies in Kar­nataka and Tamil Nadu to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary (WWS) has be­gun.

Mam­mals such as ele­phants and gaurs mi­grate to the sanc­tu­ary from the ad­ja­cent Bandipur and Na­gar­hole na­tional parks in Kar­nataka and the Mudu­malai Na­tional Park in Tamil Nadu in search of food and wa­ter.

‘A haven in sum­mer’

“The WWS is a haven for mi­grat­ing wild an­i­mals dur­ing sum­mer ow­ing to easy avail­abil­ity of fod­der and wa­ter. We have taken highly struc­tured mea­sures at nearly ₹1 crore to en­sure fod­der, wa­ter and pro­tec­tion for the mi­grat­ing wild guests,” N.T. Sa­jan, wildlife war­den of the sanc­tu­ary, told The

Hindu.

Though the wildlife mi­gra­tion has started a lit­tle early this year, cases of man-an­i­mal con­flict is com­par­a­tively very low on the fringes of the sanc­tu­ary, Mr. Sa­jan said, adding that no case of lift­ing of do­mes­tic an­i­mals by preda­tors such as tiger or leop­ard has been re­ported so far.

Mr. Sa­jan said wa­ter sources in the sanc­tu­ary, in­clud­ing 30 earthen bunds, 45 check-dams and 235 wa­ter­holes, are be­ing closely mon­i­tored with GPS ev­ery week to en­sure drinking wa­ter for the wildlife.

Fire line

Fire line has been erected along 230 km on the for­est fringes to pre­vent wild­fire. Apart from 25 per­ma­nent anti-poach­ing camps and five watch tow­ers at im­por­tant strate­gic points, 12 new tree­top ‘machans’ (tem­po­rary watch­tow­ers) will start func­tion­ing in a week.

For­est of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing guards and watch­ers, have been de­ployed there to keep watch over poach­ing and wild­fire.

As many as 340 watch­ers have been de­ployed in­side the sanc­tu­ary, in­clud­ing 290 fire watch­ers and 50 anti-poach­ing watch­ers, with es­sen­tial equip­ment and wire­less sets.

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