Bhitarkanika National Park to close for annual census

Pattamundai: Bhitarkanika National Park will be closed to public form January 2 to January 8 for the annual census of crocodiles, said Rajnagar forest division official Bimal Prasanna Acharya.

Talking to newsmen, Acharya said, “Crocodiles don’t come to land due to movement of boats. So, restriction on movement of boats will be imposed on January 2 and 3.”

“Counting of crocodiles will begin from January 4. The census will be conducted at Mahakalapada, Kanila, Gahiramatha and Patasala and Bhitarakanika area in Rajnagar range,” Acharya informed.

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