Bhubaneswar: In a bid to end man-animal conflict especially in the context of elephants, the Forest Department has started installing ANIDERS-(Animal Intrusion Detection and Repellent System) to shoo away the jumbos.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF)-Wildlife, Sashi Paul informed that ANIDERS are solar-powered devices for scaring away elephants.
“It’s being tested in Athmallik and Dhenkanal forest divisions. It’s giving good results. We are going to install it very soon in Gopalpur in Ganjam district,” informed Paul.
He said that the device upon detecting an elephant generates high-intensity light and sound to scare away the beasts.
The PCCF (Wildlife) said that the devices are being tested for their results and added that if it is found to be successful these will be installed in other places.
ANIDERS-is a device that works like a mechanised scarecrow. It detects the animals that intrude the fields and scares them away before they can cause any harm to the crops.
It uses the combination of Active and Passive Infrared sensors to detect animal movements and then uses light and alarm system to repel them.