Shivamogga wildlife division is situated in the central part of Shivamogga circle. It covers forest areas from Shivamogga, Thirthahalli, Sagar and Hosanagara taluks. The division is in charge of three Wildlife Sanctuaries, namely, Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary (395.60 Km²), Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary (431.23 Km²) and Gudavi Bird Sanctuary (0.73 Km²). Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is situated in Soraba taluk. Shivamogga Wildlife Division has two sub-divisions, namely, Shivamogga wildlife and Kargal wildlife sub-divisions, and consists of four ranges, namely, Hanagere, Kargal, Shivamogga and Sakrebyle ranges. Forests of Sharavathi wildlife sanctuary are primarily of evergreen and semi-evergreen types. Forests of Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary are primarily of moist deciduous and semi-evergreen types. The forests towards the eastern part of the Sanctuary such as Anesara and Purdal are of dry deciduous type. The forests of the Sanctuary nearer to Shivamogga city are fairly degraded due to biotic interferences. Wildlife found in the Shettihalli and Sharavathi Sanctuaries includes tiger, panther, wild dog, bison, elephant (occasional), sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, sloth bear, wild boar, jackal, common langur, bonnet macaque, varieties of reptiles and birds, etc. Gudavi bird Sanctuary is famous for varieties of birds including migratory Birds who come for breeding during the monsoon season. Ideal time to visit the Sanctuary is from June-November.