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Rescue of black buck

Rescue of black buck

Black buck rescue at Ramtek, a small village of Maharashtra, on the 5th of Feb 2011.

One villager found a black buck in his the agriculture field, black buck was not able to walk. The villagers helped black buck to walk but couldn’t help him out. They called People For Animals Amravati.  Mr.Angad Deshmukh, member of PFA Amravati, called forest department Amravati DFO Mr.Kadam.  Help came quickly by means of a rescue vehicle.  When they reached there to rescue the black buck now in primary observation by a local vet, it was said to be a case of poisoning.

Vehicle was not able to reach up to the black buck;  so the rescue team asked villagers for bullock carts to take black buck out from the agriculture field, but villagers refused.  (?)

Finally rescue team members Mr.Angad Deshmukh ,Mr.Bhushan Chaukhande and Mr.Vicky Pohadre  pitched in make rescue successfully.  DFO Kadam, RFO Kavitkar, helped the rescue team and handed over black buck to Akola forest division for further treatment.  Black buck is protected in the Indian wildlife protection act 1972 under schedule one.
Rescue team said “due to less equipment and facilities and without  support of villagers,it’s very difficult to do rescue of animals, as forest department also have very less equipment”. This is a common story  in Vidarbha region in Maharashtra which has dry deciduous forest. The area is plagued by less availability of food and water sources due to deforestation and man-made forest fires.  Wild herbivorous migrate toward the agriculture fields in search of food and water. Farmers use insecticide to protect their crop. Chemical insecticide is very harmful to animals. It is poison to animals when they graze in the agriculture field. The resultant conflict between farmer and wild herbivorous is rising continuously. 

There is need to protect forest area, stop illegal grazing inside the forest by villagers.

By-Prajakta Hushangabadkar
[Photos by Angad Deshmukh]

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