Drones Can Help Deter Man-Animal Conflicts In & Around Indian Forests

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is planning to use drones to control the increasing number of man-animal conflicts in and around forest areas.

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Scientists propose using drones not only for surveillance, but to also track large animals such as tigers and elephants that stray into nearby villages.

Villagers noticing wild animals lurking dangerously close to humans can notify forest officials who’d then deploy drones to track the animals which would then have to be driven back by rangers.

“If you have an eye in the sky then it generates lot of information. We can plan intervention and protect both people and wildlife,” said Samir Sinha, field director at Corbett Tiger Reserve.

With drones, forest officials will be able to survey 15-20 square kilometers from just one location which would save time and manpower. Moreover, drones are perfect for tracking down elephants.

Following trials at the Panna tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh, WII has proposed including features such as night vision, landing capabilities, increased duration of flight and speed of its drones.

Further, the researchers are planning to change the air frame in order to allow their drones to fly in the rain and carry equipment such as radio tracking.

Currently, the Wildlife Institute of India is awaiting to get a go ahead from the directorate general of civil Aviation (DGCA) and the ministry of defense. The ministry of home affairs has already given it an NOC.

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