Drones to locate deer at Fani-hit sanctuary in Odisha | Bhubaneswar News

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BHUBANESWAR: The state forest department has decided to mobilise drones over Balukhand-Konark sanctuary in Puri district to trace hundreds of spotted deer and other animals, who are untraceable ever since the extremely severe Cyclone Fani ripped through the coastal district on May 3.
The sanctuary is home to over 4,000 spotted deer besides some jackals and hyenas. The forest authorities so far managed to find carcass of only one deer and a jackal. The sanctuary spread over 87 square kilometres along the Puri Konark Marine Drive has been annihilated with wind speed of around 250kmph having uprooted thousands of trees in the forest.
“Our personnel have sighted only a few herds of spotted deer at some locations in the sanctuary in the aftermath of Fani, though the condition of hundreds of other deer is still unknown. Since the sanctuary is a vast area and has been badly affected in cyclone, it will be difficult to search the deer manually. We will hire some drones to locate the animals from aerial route,” principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF- wildlife), AK Mohapatra told TOI.
Sources said the forest authorities have been conducting foot patrolling in the sanctuary for the past few days. “We have been finding it difficult to walk amid broken trees and branches. In last two evenings, some deer were sighted near water bodies in the sanctuary. We found carcass of only one deer and jackal. Possibility of more casualties of animals cannot be ruled out in the wake of massive destruction in the forest. Still, since only two carcasses have been found, we hope that all others are safe,” another forest official said.
Forest officials assume that a large number of cashew trees in the sanctuary might have protected the deer. “We have also formed teams to visit nearby villages along the Puri-Konark Marine Drive to look for the animals. Often, the deer crossed the Marine Drive and entered nearby villages in the past. The deer were rescued several times from villages. We will rope in the villagers to trace the deer,” the officer said.

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