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Tiger Deaths: Forest Dept To Hold Third Super Check Action | – Times of India

Udhagamandalam: In the backdrop of the death of nine tigers, including five cubs, in the last 30 days in Nilgiris, the forest department has decided to conduct the third super check combing action in the Mukurthi National Park area located within the core area of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR). The first combing action was conducted on September 15 and the second on September 21 and 22.
According to forest range officer M Yuvarajkumar, the combing operation in the Mukurthi National Park and its surrounding areas is a counteraction to prevent human interference in the national park.
“The first of the super check action of armed combing operation was conducted on September 15 in areas such as Nadugani, Kolaribetta, Western catchment and Mukurthi peak in the core area of MTR,” Yuvarajkumar said.
“This special counteraction is being conducted to keep a check on the tiger mortality in the core reserve, especially in the Mukurthi National Park area,” he added.
The forest department on September 21 and 22 conducted the second super check combing action in the Nadugani passage, located at the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border, and Kolari betta passage at the border area of Mukurthi National Park-Nilgiri division of forests.
“As of now, we are concentrating in the Mukurthi range extending to an area of 78.46 sq km,” he added.
The daily reports of the routine patrolling and the special combing operations are sent for review to the Theppakadu Tiger Monitor Centre. Forty-five forest staff, including three range officers and two foresters, besides forest guards and anti-poaching watchers are involved in the super check action.
“So far, there has been no sign of human interference, such as footprints in the combed core area of the MTR. The super check action, a preventive measure, in the MTR will continue in the coming days,” Yuvarajkumar said.
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