Kendrapara, Dec 3 (LocalWire): Spotted deer population has marginally decreased this year in the Bhitarkanika National Park and its nearby areas, as per the recent Mammal Census Report.
However, the park has recorded an increase in total number of mammals this year; the number has increased from 7129 in 2017 to 7728 in 2018.
“Last year, the forest officials counted 3184 spotted deer. During the recent three-day long Mammal Census from Nov 23-25, we found 3175 spotted deer,” said park’s Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Bimal Prasan Acharya.
The census report released on Monday, revealed the presence of 3175 spotted deer, 1756 wild boars, 2258 rhesus macaques, 11 common languors, 295 jackals, 20 fishing cats, 14 hyenas, 111 otters , 5 jungle cats, 22 mongooses, 24 foxes , 2 leopard cats, 18 porcupines, 6 Indian civet cats and 11 hares.
Pertinently, the Census report relied heavily on sighting forms, said the forest officer.
“We did Mammal Census in 50 forest beats of the park and its nearby areas and counted mammals in Bhitarkanika,” added Acharya.
“Last year we counted of 3184 spotted deer, 1660 wild boars , 1819 rhesus macaques , 15 common languors , 224 jackals, 28 fishing cats, 8 hyenas, 113 otters , 14 jungle cats, 14 mongooses, 28 foxes 16 hares and 4 porcupines,” he added.
The first Mammal Census was conducted in 2014.