Berhampur, Feb 28 (LocalWire): The biannual blackbuck census in Ganjam district was conducted by the wildlife organization of the forest department on Friday.
Around 500 enumerators divided in 111 units counted the endangered species across the district in three forest divisions, including Ghumusar South, Ghumusar North and Berhampur.
The enumeration was conducted through direct sight method from 6 am till 12 noon.
Besides the forest staffs, some local volunteers and wildlife enthusiasts also took part in the census.
Prior to the census, the enumerators were trained at Bhanjanagar on Thursday by the wildlife expert, Sudhakar Kar.
The last blackbuck census in the district was conducted in February 28, 2018.
The population of the endangered species locally known as Krushnasara Murga or Bali Harina was 4082 in 2018 against 3806 in 2015 and 2194 in 2011.
Though the result will be known after compiling the reports, Divisional Forest Officer, (DFO)(Ghumusar South) Satya Narayan Behura said “it appeared that the Blackbuck population seems to have increased this time.
The increase could be due to improvement of habitats, protection by local people and forest staffs”, he said.