Missing spotted deer back in Balukhand sanctuary

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Puri: Spotted deer of Balukhand sanctuary, who all went missing post-cyclone Fani, have been spotted again in the forest, informed Divisional Forest Officer Harshvardhan Udgata.

The DFO further informed that the deer were spotted while grazing in the Balukhand sanctuary yesterday by the cameras set up in the meadows. The forest official also ended the speculations that the missing animals were killed in the devastating cyclone.

“We had installed camera traps in the meadows near Balukhand range office yesterday. Last night between 11: 05 PM and 3: 30 AM, many deer were spotted grazing in the meadows,” DFO Udgata said adding that they have plans to set up more camera traps in other places as well where deer could be present.

On Tuesday, the Odisha government decided to use drones to locate the missing spotted deer.

Around 4,000 spotted deer had gone missing from Balukhand-Konark sanctuary during the cyclone Fani which left a trail of devastation in coastal areas of the State.

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