Puri, May 16 (LocalWire): The Principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) Wildlife, Ajay Mohapatra, today said drone surveillance to trace missing deer in cyclone-ravaged Balukhand Sanctuary was underway.
Mohapatra said thatched structures to protect deer from summer heat and manual filling of dry water bodies will be carried out before the onset of rain.
The decision to mobilise drone system was taken by the state government after over 4,000 spotted deer along with some jackals and hyenas had gone missing from the sanctuary when Fani lashed the coastal areas of the state.
The forest department also decided to buy 50 acres of land to cultivate food crops for Aska black bucks. The project will be initially implemented on one-acre of land on a pilot-basis, Mohapatra added.
Earlier, the forest department had spotted some deer that were grazing in Balukhand sanctuary through cameras set up in meadows.
The sanctuary spread over an area of 72 square kilometres, is located along the Bay of Bengal coast, between the towns of Puri and Konark.