BAREILLY: The forest department will be conducting a census of wild animals, including sloth bears, farm bears, blackbuck, rhinos, gharials, wild boars, fishing cats, peacocks, deer, and nilgais, across all forest divisions of Uttar Pradesh. The census of main species of wild animals will be conducted in three rounds in May following the “head count” method.
According to forest officials, the survey of wild animals in each forest division of UP is conducted once in two years.
Ramesh Pandey, field director, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR), said, “In the survey, we will cover all main species and subspecies of animals. For the census of animals, the forest area will be divided into parts and forest staff will be deployed for a headcount of animals from 5 am to sunset. The process will be done thrice and the average number of counted animals will be considered.”
According to forest officials, the first round will be done on May 9, second on May 16 and third on May 23. Mahaveer Kaujlagi, deputy director, DTR, said all the animals, mainly herbivores, will be counted in this survey.
According to data available with the forest department, 31 species of animals were covered in the last census, which was conducted in 2016 in Dudhwa National Park. Of these, the highest population was of Cheetal at 13,250 and it was followed by monkeys at 13,095.