Blackbucks’ habitat at Krishnasar threatened

- KAMAL PANTHI, Gulariya
Blackbucks’ habitat at Krishnasar threatened

Nov 1, 2014-

Developing the Krishnasar Conservation Area (KCA) as a picnic spot has threatened the habitat and pasture of Blackbucks, an antelope species classified as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Blackbucks which frequented the ground near the office of the KCA in a herd of 20-25 seeking pasture can no longer be seen.

The Blackbucks had started migrating to other areas after the peace and tranquillity of the forest was disturbed by the blistering sound of loudspeakers and the crowd of humans visiting the area for picnic, KCA staffs said. As the revellers threw leftovers including, meat and bones, roaming stray dogs have scared away the Blackbucks, conservationists said.

Since the end of Tihar, five Blackbucks have been killed after being attacked by stray dogs, said game scout Hariram Yadav, involved in the conservation of the species. Yadav said that the Blackbucks had started trolling the open field at a nearby human settlement in search of pasture after their original grazing land turned into a popular picnic spot.

Local resident Dipendra Yadav advised that some restrictions be put in place to minimize noise and littering in the area. Ranger at KCA Uttam Chaudhary complained that the merrymakers hardly gave a second thought to their requests.

The staffs grumbled about facing verbal abuse while requesting the picnickers not to litter and refrain from using loudspeakers. A passive animal by nature, Blackbucks are known to enjoy seeking pasture in open fields along with domestic animals.

As they have been compelled to ditch their original grazing land and seek new pastures, they have become vulnerable to attacks by leopards, hyenas, stray dogs and poachers, locals said.

There are roughly 245 Black Bucks in KCA. The August floods had swept away 40 of them, with 32 bodies recovered and eight still missing.

Published: 02-11-2014 09:20

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