Jungle cat, barking deer spotted for the first time at Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary : The Tribune India


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Chandigarh, January 28

Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary is now richer and more diverse than before as Jungle Cat and Barking Deer were spotted in the sanctuary for the first time.

Spread over an area of ​​2,600 hectares in UT, the sanctuary has a large number of waterholes, pastures and good plantings, including the natural regeneration of native species, which provide an ideal habitat for wildlife. in the sanctuary, said Debendra Dalai, chief curator. of Forests-cum-Chief Wildlife Warden, UT.

“During a wildlife survey, the presence of the jungle cat and barking deer was confirmed by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, indicating a richer habitat within the protected area,” Dalai said.

Jungle cat. File photo

The Department of Forestry and Wildlife, UT, conducted a detailed wildlife survey at the sanctuary May 5-9, 2021, with technical assistance provided by WII, which has expertise in the area.

According to the WII report, it was found that despite its small size, the sanctuary supports good biological diversity and has the potential to be considered one of the important wildlife and biodiversity conservation areas, a he declared. Sambar is the most abundant ungulate species in the sanctuary with the highest density similar to Rajaji Tiger Reserve. The estimated sambar population in the sanctuary is 290-763. Other animal species spotted in the sanctuary during the survey are leopard, jungle cat, golden jackal, Indian gray mongoose, chital, wild boar, nilgai, Hanuman langur, Indian pangolin, Indian porcupine as well as Indian peacock bird species, red waterfowl.

The WII also recommended that a detailed study of habitat characterization and plant community structure be undertaken to understand wildlife-habitat relationships in the refuge. Surveys conducted for mega herbivores and some bird species in the sanctuary confirmed the presence of 16 species, including 13 mammalian species (both carnivorous and herbivorous). Major bird species of conservation importance included Indian Peafowl and Red Waterfowl. In addition to wild species, the presence of wild cattle and free-roaming stray dogs has also been confirmed.

‘Indicates richer habitat’

During a wildlife survey, the presence of the jungle cat and barking deer was confirmed by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, indicating a richer habitat within the protected area. — Debendra Dalai, Chief Wildlife Warden, UT

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