About Gyan | Aug 3, 2021 | 0
Yaval Sanctuary and the sight of poachers in the Satpura forest
Puneet Panwar, Jhirnya
The incidents of firing on forest officials and police are increasing in the Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary of bordering Maharashtra. Three guns charged in similar incidents escaped leaving the spot. Due to these developments, the life of wildlife living on the Satpura mountain in the middle of both the provinces is threatening. The sanctuary extends to Sheri Naka (Jhirnya) of Chittorgarh-Bhusaval highway, Sirvel (Khargone), Dhavali (Sendhwa) to the west and Satpura zone of Burhanpur in the east and the general forest area. In the past, in the incidents of attack on Raver police in Sahasra Lingi (Pal) and Ranger Akshay Netray (Jamunia) in Langa Amba on May 4, hunters ran away with guns. On May 13, a gun was also found in Vanakshetra Walki. On April 11, a dozen hunters were caught on camera in Mandap Nala. Raver police have arrested five accused in the Sahasra Lingi incident.
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With the vacancy of 25 posts out of 62 sanctioned in both the ranges, the hunters are also strong. The dead leopard’s head and four legs found on 5 February 2019 were missing in Kelly Amba of Bistan Range (Khargone). In this, three accused of the said village and three accused of Dhavali (Sendhwa) were arrested. Former Ranger LS Solanki said two suspected Kalbeliya youths were arrested in an attempt to hunt the snare. In their Gogawan encampments, valuable parts of wild animals were found, which they used in tantric activities. In Burhanpur forest division, there are many incidents of hunting of wild animals.
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There is a lot of wildlife
Four tigers, ten leopards, peacocks and other wild animals in the area freely roam the boundaries of both the provinces. The whole area is dominated by wildlife of various species. It has sambar, deer, nilgai, chinkara, dull bear, wild boar, hyena, wolf, hyena, jackal, fox, wild dog, barking deer, wild cats, flying squirrel, etc. While among the birds, Neelkanth, Maina, Bulbul, Sunbird, Hariyal, Kingfisher, Spoonbill, Hornbill, Haldia, Palm bird etc. are the center of attraction. Pal’s ranger Rajesh Pawar told that he has not been counted for two years due to the lockdown.
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British rule was plagued with wild animals
When Khandesh came under British rule in 1817, he was plagued with wild animals and devastated Pal, the principal village on the border. Efforts were made to settle it from the year 1820. Captain Briggs also rejected the proposal of Nimbalkar, the Subedar of Yaval. CS James of the British rule re-inhabited the village in 1869–70. The Government of Maharashtra approved the Yaval Wildlife Sanctuary spread over 178 square kilometers on 21 February 1969. It includes the Pal and Jamunia forest enclaves. There are 47 wildlife sanctuaries in Maharashtra, 19 in Madhya Pradesh and 566 in the country.
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There is no organized gang of hunters in the forest division and only minor incidents occur. During the stay here, CCF Khandwa MS Sisodia has discussed the matter with Ranger Rajesh Pawar (Pal). -JS Bhargava, Forest Divisional Officer, Khargone
There is regular night patrolling to protect the wildlife and cameras are installed at major places. Efforts are being made to fill the vacant posts. Ashwini Khopade, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Yaval Sanctuary, Jalgaon