Four native breed pups have been introduced to the country’s first dog squad to detect wildlife crimes. The four little pups named Valavan, Kaduvan, Kaaligan and Athavai are all set to become the new stars of the Forest Department in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Canine Valavan is of the Kanni breed and the other three canines are of the Chippipari breed. Both the breeds are native to the state of Tamil Nadu. Last week, the canines were deployed to four different forest divisions after they completed three months of their training at the Tamil Nadu Forestry Training College (TNFTC).
According to the Tamil Nadu Forestry Training College’s Principal, R. Rajmohan stated that this dog squad department is the country’s first department to have native canine breeds to detect wildlife crimes.
A forest guard working at the Forest’s Elite Force (FEF) at the Vaigai Dam, Tamil Nadu also known as the ‘Delta Team’ had completed their dog handling training at Bhopal, India. The forest guard named Vadivelan had trained four canines of native breed initially. Vadivelan has also trained the four pups in detecting wildlife crimes.
The canines were trained in checking vehicles, boxes, search houses and grounds to find buried objects. They were trained to sniff and detect sandalwood, contrabands like weed and wildlife articles such as hide or bones. The canines were also trained in tracking.
While speaking to The Hindu, one of the canine trainers at TNFTC, N. Balasubramaian stated that while training these native breeds he noticed that these canines picked up commands more quickly. Introducing canines in the forest guard department will help in strengthening the forest protection department. They will also help in the investigation and prosecution of wildlife crimes.
The Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and the Field Director in charge, I. Anwardeen mentioned that the native breeds too are highly efficient and they easily adapt to every environmental condition. Having one trained sniffer canine in each forest’s protection department of the country will soon be possible in the future.
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