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NH running through STR a major concern, says report

The Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in Erode has 60 tigers and 800 elephants that are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in Erode has 60 tigers and 800 elephants that are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  

The report of the 4th Cycle of Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of Tiger Reserves in India 2018 expresses concern over the national highway running through the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) and the resultant roadkills.

The report, released on International Tiger Day at New Delhi on Monday, has listed out the strengths and weaknesses of the STR management, apart from suggesting immediate actionable points for efficient management.

According to the report, the 20-km highway with 27 sharp hairpin bends runs through the core area of the park and roadkills are frequent on the stretch.

Presence of invasive species such as Lantana, Prosopis, Eupatorium, Parthenium and Senna extensively, particularly Lantana on 25,000 hectare and Prosopis on 7,000 hectare along the banks of River Moyar is a major concern.

Nine temples are located inside the core area, of which five attract large number of visitors. Man-animal conflict is noticed in the border villages of Bhavani Sagar, Talavadi and Kadambur, while large number of cattle kills is reported from Talavadi Range.

About 40% to 60% of the forest guard and forest watcher posts are still vacant, which is seen as a major weakness in the STR management.

The report said that STR, the largest wildlife sanctuary in the State, has about 60 tigers and 800 elephants, classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN). It also harbours 111 leopards that are vulnerable and provides a habitat for all four species of vultures, declared critically endangered by the IUCN.

The report said that eco-development committees in the fringe villages were encouraging and the association of NGOs in vulture conservation was encouraging. The report pointed out that the core and buffer areas were under the unified administrative control of the Field Director.

The report suggested allocation of more funds to prevent human-elephant conflicts, filling up of existing vacancies, removal of invasive species and action to be taken to get approval for the Tiger Conservation Plan (TCP) pending with the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest(Wildlife).

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