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Tag: Wildlife

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Column: A Laudable Conservation Effort

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: There is some heart-warming news for wildlife lovers from Ganjam district. The number of muggers, an endangered crocodile species, in the district’s Ghodahada irrigation reservoir and adjoining water bodies has gone up to 65 from 58 last year. While 44 muggers were found in the 5 sq km reservoir, 21 were […]

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Endangered Crocodile Species' Population Increases In Odisha

Berhampur: The number of muggers, an endangered crocodile species, in Ghodahada irrigation reservoir and adjoining waterbodies in Ganjam district has increased, much to the delight of wildlife activists and officials. The number of the crocodile species in and around the reservoir was counted at 65 in the three-day-long census that ended on Saturday, a senior […]

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Op-Ed: A Welcome Gift From the Centre

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Odisha government must be grateful to the Centre for allocating more than rupees five thousand crore for afforestation and forest regeneration activities in the state over a period of ten years. The allocation, believed to be the highest compared to any other state, has been made by Centre’s Compensatory Afforestation Fund […]

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Monkey loots cash from toll plaza in UP district

Lucknow: In a bizarre incident, a monkey looted Rs 5,000 cash from a toll plaza in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur Rural district, an official said. The incident took place recently at Bara toll plaza in Akbarpur police circle and was recorded in the CCTV camera installed at the toll plaza. The footage shows a white car stopping […]

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Viral picture of deer feeding on heaps of garbage is just despairing!

Unaware of the deadly consequences faced by the wildlife despite coming across horrific stories of loads of plastic items and other indisposable items being removed from the stomachs of animals, most of us are least concerned everytime we dispose non–recyclable waste from our households. A Twitter user recently posted a picture of a deer standing […]

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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, […]

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Odisha to spend Rs 563 cr for wildlife and forest development

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government approved an annual planned budget of Rs 563 crore for execution of several programmes for wildlife conservation and forest development in the State. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Subash Chandra Mishra informed that the fund will be spent on several projects for wildlife including restoration of forests and increasing the number […]

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Poacher held with 10 dead migratory birds

Berhampur: Wildlife officials have arrested a poacher and seized 10 dead migratory birds from his possession near Chilika lake in Odisha, forest officials said today. The poacher was caught from Ujad Gopinathpur while trying to flee after hunting 10 Purple Moorhens yesterday, Divisional Forest Officer, Chilika Wildlife Division, Bikash Ranjan Das, said. “We suspect that […]

Odisha official seeks ban on videos promoting cruelty against animals

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to curb cruelty against animals, honorary wildlife warden of Khurda district, Subhendu Mallik has written to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) urging for a ban on online videos displaying ways to capture wild animals. Mallik in his letter stated that the procedures shown in the videos promote cruelty against animals […]

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NGT flags concerns over elephant safety in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Flagging concerns over the safety of elephants in Odisha, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the State government to initiate urgent measures to prevent illegal activities in the elephant corridors that are posing major threat to the wild animal. The green court also expressed anguish over non-submission of reports related to elephant corridors. […]

SC voices surprise over govt's decision to reduce eco-sensitive zones

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has expressed surprise over the Centre’s decision to reduce the radius of eco-sensitive zones from 10 kilometres to 100 metres, saying it appeared to be a “complete arbitrary exercise of powers” capable of destroying national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The court’s remarks came in a case challenging the environmental clearance […]

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Cats are predatory by nature: Study

London: You may be fond of cats but perhaps you may not be aware of the predatory nature of the felines and the number of animals a cat kills on an average — thus being harmful to local wildlife, reveals a new study. Researchers studied cats from two villages in England and found that although […]

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