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K’taka govt deploys drone cameras to prevent poaching

Chamarajanagara: In order to keep strict vigil on untoward activities and prevent poaching in the M M Hills wildlife sanctuary the Karnataka Forest department will use drone cameras.

The cameras will be used at Kollegal, PG Palya, Hanur, Ramapura, Male Mahadeshwara Hills and Palar ranges, according to sources.

The Forest department is gearing up before the summer and has created fire lines to prevent wildfires from spreading. Besides, it had appointed fire watchers to keep vigil as summer season approached.

Forest fires were reported at Jageri and Hanur ranges under Kollegal limits last year. Two years ago, fires had reduced Bolibetta under MM Hill range near Ponnachi to ashes. A probe revealed that the fires were the handiwork of a few miscreants.

This year, the authorities have created fire lines of 450 to 500 km. The department has appointed around 400 fire watchers on permanent and contract basis, said V Yedukondalu, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Male Mahadeshwara Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.

He said two drone cameras, including one from the department, will be used thrice every day. The cameras can capture the exact area of the fire and detect miscreants in four to five km range, he added.

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