Four dogs – Valavan, Kaduvan, Kaaligan and Athavai – are slated to become new stars of the state’s Ministry of Forestry.
These five-month-old pups were inducted into the country’s first canine group formed to expose wildlife crimes. The dogs, Valavan of the Kanni breed and others from Chippiparai, both from Tamil Nadu, were placed in four forest departments last week after completing a three-month training course at Tamil Nadu Forestry Training College (TNFTC), Vaigai Dam.
The department is the first in the country to introduce indigenous breeds to expose wildlife crimes, according to TNFTC director R. Rajmohan.
“One of the forest guards of the Forest Elite Force (FEF) at Vaigai Dam (Delta Team) completed training in handling dogs in Bhopal. The guardian Vadivelan initially trained four dogs of native breeds. The four new pups were trained by Vadivelan’s trained staff, ”he said.
The four new dogs were sent to four forest divisions – Coimbatore (Valavan), Pollachi of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve (Kaduvan), the Nilgiris (Kaaligan) and Gudalur (Athavai). Each dog is looked after by a dog handler and helper trained in the TNFTC.
“Domestic pedigree dogs are better suited to our forest conditions than the foreign breeds. Maintenance is easy, ”said Mr. Rajmohan.
The dogs were trained to check vehicles, search houses, boxes, and search the ground (for buried objects) to find sandalwood, wildlife items such as hides or bones, and contraband such as ganja. You have been trained to persecute.
Native races were quick to take orders, according to N. Balasubramaian, one of the trainers at TNFTC. “The introduction of trained dogs will strengthen forest protection, investigation and prosecution of wildlife crimes. The native pedigree dogs adapt easily to our conditions and are highly efficient. A trained dog for every forest department could become a reality in the near future, ”said I. Anwardeen, additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Coimbatore Circle) and Field Director (responsible) ATR.
D. Venkatesh, District Forestry Officer of the Coimbatore Forestry Department, said that Valavan, given for Coimbatore, is currently being held in the Boluvampatti Forest.
Although the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve, the Udumalpet Division of ATR, and the Srivilliputhur Wildlife Sanctuary have their group of dogs, the canines are of foreign breeds.