Sathyamangalam-Chamrajanagar-Kollegal has been noted for movements and activities of notorious forest brigand Veerappan and most of the illegal activities do exist through the same set of villagers even after his death. But, over the time, due to increased protection, education, risk factor, availability of alternate employment opputunities and JFMC interventions, forest offences ahve come down drastically and protection status is stable.
At present, Anti-poaching network has been strengthened in the Tiger Reserve area by engaging 150 APW’s from fringe villages and making them stay in 15 AP camps at strategic locations along with providing ration, uniform, and other staying facilities.
Regular monitoring, check post control, closing of forest roads, intelligence collection in done, establishment of WICCU; Wildlife Intelligence and Crime Control Unit has helped in detection of offences, has kept an eye on previous offenders and has developed excellent intelligence network.
Regular fire watchers, eco watchers are also engaged from fringe villages.
All previous offences are strictly followed for conviction.
All temples without right of way closed and visit to other temples inside TR are highly regulated & discouraged with awareness. Awareness training have been conducted to Temple Priests on 12.05.2014 to comply with tiger reserve standards, no plastics and regulations.
Vulture conservation and population monitoring is one of the priority activities in the T.R with periodical studies and research. Arulagam Trust is co-ordinating the activity with the Dept.
INCREASING TIGER POPULATION IN HUMAN DOMINATED LANDSCAPE
Currently, Tiger population is stable as per the reports by WWF, India who are doing the Phase IV monitoring currently and there is corridor connectivity in the contiguous landscape. No bottlenecks noted. Hence, there will be no conflicts as foreseen.
WATER & HOSTILE WEATHER
Since the TR faces hostile weather for almost 5-6 months, water management is planned accordingly to avoid and control wild life stray incidents and their life threat.
Check dams, Percolation ponds, desilting have been concentrated. Other than that, water troughs have been repaired, temporary water holes have been formed and water has been supplied to avoid straying of wildlife. All these measures have reduced the straying incidences and dehydration deaths of animals.