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Percolation ponds to quench thirst of animals

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Aim is to keep animals from straying into villages

For thirsty animals:Personnel from forest department filling up with water, a percolation pond in the forest area in the foothills of Shervaroyan Hills in Salem on Wednesday.-PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM
For thirsty animals:Personnel from forest department filling up with water, a percolation pond in the forest area in the foothills of Shervaroyan Hills in Salem on Wednesday.-PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM

To keep animals from straying into human habitations in search of water, forest department officials have started to fill the percolation ponds inside the forests with water.

Officials said that scanty rainfall had resulted in severe drought and most of the water bodies in the forest have dried up leaving animals to search for water bodies.

In order to prevent animals from straying, all the percolation ponds in the forest area have been filled up with water thrice a week.

They added that bison, spotted dear and wild pigs were mostly found in the Salem Forest Division and they come in search of water during night hours.

Other animals found in the forest include peacock, monkeys, wild dog, sambar deer, Varanus species, mongooses and snakes.

Hence water would be filled up in all the ponds for the next three months so that it would prevent human-animal conflict in the Shervaroyan Hills.

“Water shortage is expected to be very high this summer and all precautionary measures has been taken,” said a forest officer.

With temperatures soaring and trees drying up, chances of forest fire are high and hence forest watchers and guards were on round-the-clock duty. Villagers have been warned not to create artificial fire and they were also brought in to prevent forest fire, they added.

“There is only artificial fire in the region and people should desist from such attempts,” warned the officials.

With the tourist season about to start in Yercaud, movement of vehicles will also be monitored and action would be taken against persons violating the forest rules, added the officials.

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