Berhampur, May 7 (LocalWire): Around sixty spotted deer that survived the onslaught of extremely severe cyclone Fani on Friday in the Deer Park inside the Berhampur University premises will be shifted to another safe place soon.
Principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife) Ajay Kumar Mohapatra inspected the park, established in 1989 and the condition of the animals on Sunday.
The Central Zoo Authority had cancelled the license of the deer park in Bhanja Bihar and de-recognized the mini-zoo status of the park in 2013 and had asked the wildlife organisation of the state to shift the deer to a safer place.
The CZA had found the infrastructure of the 2.8 acre of park inadequate to handle the growing number of animals and recommended the state wildlife authorities to shift the deer.
The university spends around Rs 5 to 6 lakh annually towards food, medicine and other maintenance expenses.
All the deer, except one, were in good condition.
A ten-year-old male deer died when a tree fell on it, said divisional forest officer, Berhampur, Ashish Kumar Behera.
The deer was buried inside the campus by university employees but forest officials will take out its carcass to conduct an autopsy.
Three deer died in 2013 when the devastating cyclone Phailin lashed the area.
The university had given Rs 10 lakh to the DFO two years ago for safe shifting of the animals, the registrar of the University, Ranjan Biswal said.
‘We have identified the place to relocate the deer.
The process of shifting will start only after the infrastructure is set up in the new place,’ the DFO said.