Berhampur, May 20 (LocalWire): The government is likely to take lease of some private land to develop grazing ground of black bucks, an endangered animal found only in Ganjam district.
A meeting was held at the office of the chief wildlife warden at Bhubaneswar on Monday.
‘It was a preliminary discussion and will take time to take shape,’ said the DFO, Ghumusar South, Satya Narayan Behura.
He said they have already taken lease of about one-acre land, near Jagatapadia and are developing it into a habitat of blackbucks.
‘We have developed the land by cultivating crops like pulses, ragi, grass, so that the blackbucks can graze here. A pond has also been dug,’ he said.
The experiment has been a success so far, as herds of blackbuck, were seen roaming in the area these days, said the DFO.
Wildlife warden, AK Mohapatra, who had visited the site after cyclone Fani appreciated the pilot project and and decided to develop other areas after taking the consent of land owners.
The land owners would be compensated for the purpose, said DFO.
Earlier, land owners in the area had urged the government for providing compensation for the crops that the blackbucks destroyed.
‘We will discuss with the land owners who faced crop loss due to the depredation of blackbucks and to take rental for at least six months from January to June for improvement of habitation of the animal’ he added.
Ganjam district blackbuck protection committee president, Amulya Upadhaya, welcomed the move.
‘The move will benefit the land owners who faced crops loss due to the blackbuck,’ he said.
The blackbucks would not have to move outside and face accidents, if their habitat is improved, he added.
The population of blackbucks in the district was enumerated at 4082 during the census held in February last year as against 3806 in 2015 and 2194 in 2011, official sources said.
The people of the area protect the animal, despite their crop loss, since it is considered good omen if one sights the animals, he said.