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Tag: Forest Department

Post Fani, Odisha Forest dept sets eye on safety of deer, blackbucks

Bhubaneswar: Following the devastation caused by cyclone Fani, Odisha Forest department is now planning to make special arrangements for the safety of spotted deer in Balukhand sanctuary and blackbucks in Aska reserve forest in Ganjam. As per the plan, the Forest department will set up shades for the spotted deer in Balukhand sanctuary. Moreover, the […]

Thirteen cobras rescued from house in Odisha village

Jajpur: As many as 13 Cobras were rescued from a house in Manpur village under Dangadi block of Jajpur today. According to sources, the snakes were spotted in one Shibaprasad Jena’s house following which the family members informed the Forest Department and the Snake Helpline. After getting information about the presence of snakes, a two-member […]

Leopard spotted again near Bhubaneswar airport

Bhubaneswar: Security was heightened in Palaspalli area of Bhubaneswar after a leopard, which was found lurking in one of the commercial establishments in the area Sunday night, was spotted again in the wee hours today by a security personnel deployed at the ATS Tower. While the local people have been asked not to venture out […]

Forest officials save life of severely ill elephant in Athagarh

Cuttack: A team of veterinary doctors and officials of Forest Department have managed to save the life of an ailing elephant, whose health condition had severely deteriorated in Athagarh forest. As per reports, the Athagarh forest officials received information about an ailing 50-year-old elephant inside Balikiari forest reserve under Narsinghpur range nearly five days back. […]

Elephant herd damages paddy stock and houses in Bonai

Sundergarh: Tension prevailed at Deogaon in Bonai block of Sundergarh district after a herd of seven elephants strayed into human settlement and destroyed paddy stocks, crops in several hectares of agricultural land today. On getting information, officials of Deogaon Forest department reached the spot and have launched a massive operation to drive the elephants back […]

3 arrested for teasing wild elephant in Keonjhar

Keonjhar: Authorities of Champua Forest Range arrested three youths for teasing a wild elephant near Kainta village under Rajia panchayat here on Monday. Sources said the forest department personnel of Champua along with locals of Kainta village were chasing away a herd of 23 elephants which had strayed into human settlements near the area. Despite […]

Amendment to Wildlife (Protection) (Odisha) Rules, 1974 soon: PCCF

Bhubaneswar: Odisha forest department has suggested the State government to make amendments to the Wildlife (Protection) (Odisha) Rules, 1974 following which people killed in wild animal attacks will get compensation in a hassle free manner within 15 days of the incident. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Sandeep Tripathy on Friday said that the amendment […]

Monkey menace haunts devotees at Dhabaleswar temple

Cuttack:  Monkey menace at famous Shiva shrine at Dhabaleswar in Cuttack district has now put the temple authorities in fix. According to sources, four devotees have been injured after being attacked by a group of monkeys near the Jhula (hanging bridge). This has now led to panic not only among devotees but also priests at […]

Forest dept going whole hog amid rise in man-animal conflicts

Bhubaneswar: With the rise in human-elephant conflict in Odisha, the state forest department is trying to do its bit by expediting the disbursal of compensation to victims of the menace and doing everything possible to avert mishaps on both sides, PCCF (Wildlife) Sandeep Tripathy informed. His comments came on the backdrop of recent man-elephant conflicts […]

Blackbuck population increases in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Wildlife, Sandeep Tripathy today informed that population of blackbucks in the state has registered a slight increase to 4,082. The annual census of the mammal called ‘Krushnasar Mriga’ in local parlance showed that their numbers have increased to 4,082. Tripathy said that due to increased focus on conservation, […]

Forest dept buying plastic bottles from people in Koraput

Koraput: In a novel way to dissuade people from using plastic, Koraput forest division in Odisha is buying plastic bottles from people as part of its campaign coinciding with the World Environment Day today. During the campaign from June 1 to 7, the forest division has been buying unused plastic bottles from residents and business […]

Selfie obsession: Awareness to prevent humans trespass into animal territory

Bhubaneswar: With instances of deaths while taking selfie with elephants on the rise in Odisha, the forest department has now decided to intensify awareness campaigns to prevent such casualties. Official sources said, workshops and other programmes will be initiated  in nearly 90 percent of regions that have frequent movement of elephants particularly in Jharsuguda, Rourkela, […]

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15 ft injured python rescued near Barunei hills

Khurda: Forest department officials today rescued an injured python near Barunei hills of Khurda district. According to the officials, the 15 ft long reptile was spotted by the locals lying near the hills, who in turn informed the forest department. Soon, the officials rushed to the spot to facilitate its treatment. After a preliminary treatment, […]

Rescued leopard from Nuapada arrives at Nandankanan

Bhubaneswar: The leopard which was trapped by forest department officials from Haladi village in Nuapada two days ago, arrived at Nandankanan zoo on Tuesday night. The animal has been kept in isolation ward of the zoo and is being looked after by veterinary experts, official sources said. The leopard fell into the trap laid by […]

Another leopard caught from Nuapada

Nuapada: Close on the heels of the capture of a man-eater leopard that had unleashed terror, the forest department officials have managed to trap another leopard in Haladi village of Nuapada district. Official sources said the breakthrough came this evening after the leopard fell into the trap laid up by the forest department officials. Confirming […]

Dead whale shark washes ashore at Puri beach

Puri: Forest officials today recovered the carcass of a 16-ft long whale shark which washed ashore near Light House here drawing crowd in huge numbers. Many were amused to see the carcass and were busy taking photographs before forest officials reached the spot. The length of the schedule-1 marine creature is around 16 ft and […]

Tiger relocation programme at Satkosia soon

Bhubaneswar: Taking a cue from the tiger relocation programmes at Sariska National Park of Maharashtra and Panna National Park of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha forest department is all set to launch the ambitious project at Satkosia tiger reserve in Angul district to maintain bio-diversity in the major forest. One male and a female tiger will be […]

Eco tourism centre unveiled in Keonjhar forest

Keonjhar: Tourists can now spend a day amidst forest to enjoy the scenic beauty of Sana Ghagara, Kandhadhara water fall and other places in the district as Forest Department today inaugurated an Eco Tourism centre at Anjara near Sana Ghagara water fall in a bid to boost tourist inflow. The tourism centre set up at […]

Jumbo menace: Elephant tramples man to death in Dhenkanal

Bhubaneswar: Tension prevailed after an elephant trampled a man at Oupada Mahadia village under Sadar range in Dhenkanal in the wee hours on Sunday.   The deceased has been identified as Prasanna Baral. The incident occurred when he was on his way to a neaby field for attending nature’s call.   Local villages said that […]

Panic-stricken Niali farmers keeping livestock inside homes

Niali: An eerie emptiness has engulfed the cowsheds and stables in Niali area which has seen more than 100 sheep being killed by a mysterious animal, and panic-stricken farmers are now sheltering their livestock inside their homes. The headache for Sudarsan Behera, a farmer from Khulisa village after losing 3 sheep from a herd of […]

Niali villagers claim to have caught suspected 'mysterious' animal

Niali: After the forest department and special team from Similipal National Park failed to catch the ‘mysterious’ animal that has been killing sheep since the last many days, villagers today claimed they have caught the animal. The villagers of Dihasithala have caught a jackal like canine and claimed that four other such animals escaped. “The […]

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Niali fear spreads to Jagatsinghpur; 9 sheep killed, 4 injured

Bhubaneswar: While the killing of sheep at Niali in Cuttack district continues with the death of one more sheep, another such incident has been reported at Alipingala in Jagatsinghpur district where nine sheep were killed on Thursday. The incident has sent shockwaves in Jagatsinghpur as Niali fear continues unabated with fresh sheep deaths being reported […]

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Niali suspense continues with two more sheep deaths

Niali: The elusive ‘mysterious animal’ continues to give sleepless nights to villagers and forest department officials here with two more sheep reportedly killed on Sunday night at Olansa village. On the other hand, no wild animal was caught in the trap laid by Forest Department last night. Awareness drive has been undertaken by forest officials […]

Niali fear: One more sheep killed in Pokharigaon

Cuttack: Even as the Forest officials have intensified ‘vigil’ in several areas in Niali, the ‘mysterious animal’ reportedly killed one more sheep at Pokharigaon area last night. The fresh killing has once again come as a major setback for the forest department as the locals have now demanded for urgent measures to trap the animal […]

Niali sheep deaths: Mysterious animal caught on camera

Niali:  After unleashing terror among locals in Niali over the recent weeks, the visuals of a ‘mysterious animal’ was captured for the first time by OTV here on Friday. The visual of the two suspected animals resembling a fox and a jackal were captured during an intense search operation that was launched by the Forest […]