This month, I made a trip to the foothills of the Palani Hills, about 100kms from Kodaikanal and 30kms from the town of Palani – Kudareyar Dam.
Fields surrounded by forests on three sides result in a wide variety of animals interacting with people, much more than the hills. About 30 interviews have been mapped in the picture below. Apart from gaur and wildboar, which are common in the hills, Elephants, spotted deer, sambar deer, barking deer and peacocks also contribute towards crop raiding.
The above picture shows the pattern of crop raiding by wildboar, gaur,elephant and deer.
1. Dhruv Athreye in February 2018 began a survey of mammals in the Palani Hills and is publishing notes of his field work.