Valparai in the hills is home to a large number of wildlife including wild elephants, tigers, leopards and wildebeest. In addition, there are many rare species of birds. Many wild elephants also migrate from Kerala to Valparai. The wild elephants camp in the estate area and roam the nearby residential areas at night.
The forest department is also engaged in intensive monitoring to prevent this. In this situation, the death toll of wild elephants in the Valparai area is increasing. In the last few months alone, 6 wild elephants have died. Of these, 4 were under 10 years of age.
This has come as a shock to social activists. It is therefore urged that the forest department engage in intensive monitoring and take action to prevent the extinction of wild elephants and other wildlife.
Commenting on this, social activists said: -Valparai is mostly mountainous. There are not enough facilities for the foresters involved in the monitoring work here. In addition, a forest committee should be set up in each estate area to improve communication facilities.
As such we need to increase the number of anti-poaching guards and intensify surveillance. Only then can it be found and rescued immediately if the wildlife is tired or struggling with injury. The forest should be provided with the necessary food and water to prevent wild elephants from entering the residential area.
A separate Forest Department medical team should be appointed for the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve and to restrict the movement of vehicles at certain times in areas where wildlife migration is high.
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