Chamarajanagara: The Male Mahadeshwara wildlife sanctuary will soon be designated as a tiger conservation area. The wild life sanctuary has elephants, tigers, bears, deers, boars, leopards and other animals. In recent years, the number of tigers in the sanctuary has increased.
The State Forest Minister Umesh Katti has instructed Forest Department Additional Commissioner to take steps in this regard. The minister’s instruction came after the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) approved the proposal sent by MM Hills wildlife sanctuary Deputy Conservator of Forests V. Yedukondalu. If the State Government declares it as tiger reserve, Chamarajanagara will become the first district in the country to have three tiger reserves.
The MM Hills have a total of 1224 square kilometres of area out of which 906.18 sq. kilometres is declared as wildlife sanctuary in 2013. The wildlife sanctuary has recorded increase in number of tigers. This has led Forest Department to put effort to declare the area as tiger reserve. The MM hills wildlife sanctuary has 7 forest ranges including Kollegala buffer, Hanuru buffer, PG Palyam, Hugyam, Ramapura, MM hills and Palar ranges. This sanctuary shares border with Biligiriranganatha Tiger Reserve and Satyamangala Tiger Reserve. Hence the area is witnessing movement of tigers.
During 2018 tiger census it was discovered that tiger with cubs are moving in PG Palyam and Ramapura forest ranges.
Speaking to the NewsKarnataka, DCF V. Yedukondalu said that there are approximately 25 tigers in MM Hills wildlife sanctuary. He said if government declares it as tiger reserve it would be helpful for breeding of tigers and more care can be given.
The district has Bandipura and Biligiriranganatha tiger reserve already, the MM hills Tiger reserve is third one in district. The State has five tiger reserves including Bhadra, Kali and Nagarahole. The MM Hills tiger reserve would be the sixth in State.