A few years back, solar panels were provided to about 24 households to power lights, but due to improper maintenance and lack of battery replacement, many people still live in darkness.
According to NTCA sources, 145 tiger deaths have been reported across the country so far this year and the recent death was a male adult tiger at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.
According to officials, the traps have been installed in Mukurthi, Nilakottai and Theppakkadu forest ranges, which are core areas of the MTR.
According to the highly placed official sources, "The CBI is likely to soon start questioning the officials concerned as well as former forest minister Harak Singh Rawat in this matter".
There have already been 142 tiger deaths in the country till September 20 as against 121 during the entire last year, and 127 in 2021.
Jayachandran has reformed elephant poachers, many of whom are now working as forest watchers in Kerala.
A six member gang (Bawaria) from North India had been arrested for poaching a sub adult tigress in Avalanche in February.
Our team had also spotted the carcass of a sambar deer that may have been killed by the tiger. But the mother did not return,” an official said.
After the pooja, all the jumbos raised their trunk and trumpeted loudly for the tourists, who came to witness the celebration. The department staff also distributed pongal and Sundal to the tourists.
Besides, 16 of these tigers were found in Similipal Tiger Reserve which implies tiger population has been wiped out from most of the other forests in the state.
The vehicle will be operated from 8 am to 4 pm. Tourists can buy tickets at the Mundanthurai range office at Rs 500 per head.
A forest official said they held inquiries with the people of Emerald Village about the owner of the cow that was found dead near the carcasses of two tigers.
However, the residents found the half-eaten carcass of the calf near the bushes and suspected that the tiger might have attacked it.
According to sources in the forest department, the carcass of a cow was found 100 meters from where the tigers were found dead, leading to suspicion that the big cats might have been poisoned.
Forest officials have ramped up patrols in the area, and local residents have been asked to inform them immediately should a tiger be spotted.
A total of six tigers recently died across the Nilgiris district --- three of them died in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and three others including the two believed to have been poisoned in Kundha Thaluk.
According to officials, vehicle movement at night will affect movement of elephants, tigers, leopards and Nilgiri tahr, thereby escalating man-animal conflict.
On Wednesday, Rajan, a farmer, tied his cattle near the house in Vedarpalayamunder. The next day, 11 goats were found dead, presumably hunted by an unidentified wild animal.
Though the postmortem report is yet to be received by the forest officials, Satkosia division confirmed that the death of the jumbos occurred due to electrocution by an 11kv transmission line.
The animal’s stomach was empty, indicating that it did not take food for quite some time, officials said.