Forty-two spotted deer released in Kheoni Wildlife Sanctuary

Staff reporter

A group of 42 spotted deer were released into Kheoni Wildlife Sanctuary on Monday. Spotted deer were sent to Kheoni from Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal. In order to provide sufficient food for deer, green herbs and Khus are provided in the jungle. Forestry officials said efforts are being made to keep wildlife engaged in the jungle. Forest officials said there were about six tigers and other carnivores present at the sanctuary. There are 155 species of birds and many rare species. Deer have been released into the sanctuary to maintain the animals’ food chain. Officials said that in recent days there have been reports of fires in nearby areas due to which grass and weeds have been destroyed. A team was assigned there to provide green grass and food to the herbivore in sufficient quantity. In search of food, the animals move towards residential areas.

About 58-60 spotted deer would be released into Kheoni Sanctuary from Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal in the second phase. Van Vihar has excess numbers of spotted deer due to which the authorities are spreading the population to various forest areas. The park management informed that it is planned to transfer about 100 spotted deer to Kheoni, of which 45 have already been sent. As the spotted deer population increases at a faster rate in Van Vihar National Park, more than 300 herbivores have been moved to other forest areas in the state.

The deer are transferred using the African Boma technology which helps to capture the animal in a natural way. The park has planned to move about 200 additional spotted deer to various tiger reserves.

Van Vihar assistant manager AK Jain said the park has a capacity of 200 cheetals. Currently, there are more than 500 cheetal in the park due to which they are moved to other reserves. In the first phase, spotted deer were sent to Gandhi Sagar shrine, Ratapani shrine and Ralamandal shrine. In the second phase, the cheetals are moved to the Kheoni Sanctuary and nearby forest areas of Dewas.

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