The sanctioned strength of anti-poaching watchers in Tamil Nadu’s 13 forest circles is 1,119. District forest officials hire additional manpower depending on their requirements.
Once the reserve is notified, the forest department can get additional funding under Centrally-sponsored Project Elephant.
The majority of the victims were labourers of tea and coffee estates on 200 sqkm of the region and equally, 75 elephants had also died between 2012-13 and 2021-2022.
A farmer in the town noticed that chicken in his farm were preyed upon and spotted the leopard while checking CCTV footage, and alerted the forest department.
Sources in the forest department confirmed that though the sanctioned strength of forest range officer is 542, more than 95 posts are vacant for the last six years.
With this, residents of the Thellai tribal village may no longer need to cross rocky roads and 11 river streams to get to hospitals and shops.
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A ten-year ordeal for the Tamil Nadu forest department’s uniformed staff ended on Monday.
TK Ashok Kumar, District Forest Officer said projects such as setting up Human Elephant Conflict Mitigation Cell in District Forest Office could not be implemented due to administrative reasons.
Sources said that tiger movement was not recorded in cameras fixed near Moyar river where a cow was believed to have been killed by a tiger on October 8.