Vadodara, April 4: FOLLOWING recent incidents of poaching of lions in the Gir region, forest officials have stepped up vigil on the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan border areas in Dahod, Panchmahals and Vadodara districts, which have a significant leopard population.
The forest department is also keeping tabs on the movement of a tribal community from Katni district, in Madhya Pradesh (MP) who traditionally move around on inter-state forest routes between MP and
Vigilance has been intensified at Dahod, Panchmahals and Chhota Udepur forest ranges near
Apart from keeping a close watch on the forest routes between the states, the forest officials are also keeping tabs on the transport services, and closely monitoring the highway check posts and local tribal movements.
Talking to The Express Newsline RK Sugoor, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF), Baria forest division, Dahod district, said that early morning checks and late evening vigils have been increased on the forest routes between MP and
There are three main check posts at Panchmahals forest division, which includes the Khanpur, Kadana and Santrampur forest ranges, which have the maximum leopard population. The areas would be under heavy surveillance, said forest authorities. Some months back, poaching cases were reported from Kadana and Santrampur.
Also, forest officials say they will be keeping a close watch on movements of the members of a nomadic tribal community from MP. Incidentally, in June 2003, some members of the tribal community from MP were nabbed at Chhota Udepur forest range, Vadodara circle.
The Chief Conservator of