Hyderabad, May 12 : A two-day census to find out water availability for animals was conducted by the total forest department and NGOs in forest areas, concluded in the state on Sunday.
To secure wildlife Protection, Removing Nets and Snares near water holes, forest staff and officers, right from Base camp watchers and beat officers, up to the level of Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), along with volunteers and member of various NGOs involved in nature and wildlife conservation activities during the two-day waterholes census in the State. The animals’ movement also conducted.
A total of 104 volunteers, divided into 43 teams, visited Amrabad Tiger Reserve (ATR), Kawal TR (KTR) and Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary (EWS), the forest department said in a statement here. In all, the teams visited 241 water bodies during the two-day exercise, which began from Saturday and made two trips, once in the morning and then again late evening.
Each team was accompanied by a local forest department staffer to guide them in the jungle. The teams spent the night in base camps with forest department making arrangements in these locations for their sleeping.
The State forest department had made Transport arrangements for NGOs who took part in the exercise are Friends of Snakes Society, WWF, Deccan Birders, HYTICOS, FWPS and individual volunteers.
In addition to recording evidence of wildlife at the water holes in the form of pugmarks, foot prints, scats and droppings, volunteers reported direct sighting of animals such as Panther, wild dog, sloth bear, sambar, spotted deer, nilgai, chousingha and wild pig at ATR.
Panther pug marks, direct sighting of Indian Bison, nilghai, sambar, chousingha (konda gorre), Spotted deer at KTR. They reported sighting of Gaur (Indian Bison), nilgai, a variety of snakes, and birds at Eturnagaram.
Based on the inputs received from the teams involved in the census, the Forest Department will take any additional measures and precautions, for improving wildlife protection issues.
PccF and HoFF(Head of Forest Force) PK Jha appreciated the commitment of NGOs and thanked them for participating in this important exercise.He also appreciated the efforts put forth by the entire staff of forest department for two days despite the hot summer season. (UNI)