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Dogs threaten deer population of Institute of Forestry woods

  • Authorities plan to fence the institute’s property to keep stray canines at bay
- PRATAP BISTA, HETAUDA

Apr 15, 2019-

The Institute of Forestry, Division Forest Office and Hetauda Sub-metropolitan City have launched an initiative to stop stray dogs from entering the institute’s deer sanctuary.

Stray dogs have killed 24 deer from the sanctuary in the last nine months of the current fiscal year.

In a meeting held at District Administration Office on Tuesday, stakeholders agreed to work closely to control stray dogs and fence the institute to keep the stray dogs at bay.  DFO chief Radhika Sharma said the meeting also decided to manage food and water for the deer to keep them within their habitat at all times.   

“There have been cases of deer venturing to the city areas in search of food and water and getting attacked by stray dogs. We want to avoid that situation by managing food and water for the deer inside the institute’s property,” she said.

Last week, a deer was found dead at Thanbharyang in Hetauda-11. Achyut Lamichhane, assistant forest officer of the DFO, said that four stray dogs had chased and killed the deer that had come out of its habitat.

“The institute’s forest was once home to more than 100 deer. Today, there are only 12 to 14 spotted deer and 4 to 5 deer of other species,” said Krishna Prasad Dahal.

He said stray dogs have become the greatest threat to the deer population, particularly after the Department of Roads demolished the compound wall of the institute for road expansion.

Without the fence stray dogs could easily enter the institute’s compound and its deer sanctuary.

“The fence could not be reconstructed due to the dispute in between Tribhuvan University and Agriculture and Forestry University,” said a professor at the institute.

Published: 15-04-2019 08:40

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