Dogs have become a major threat for spotted deer and sambar in the Kondapalli Reserve Forest (KRF), as another died on the outskirts of Mankollu village of Kanchikacharla mandal in Krishna district on Friday.
Since the summer of 2015, four deer died three of them killed by dogs.On Friday, the spotted deer ventured out for water and died after it fell inot a pond when a pack of dogs chased it. “Post-mortem had been performed by the veterinarian and no injuries were found on the body,” District Forest Officer (Territorial) J. Benerjee told The Hindu.
The forest authorities provided waterholes across the KRF this summer. Several incidents of locals’ attempts to hunt the deer with dogs too had been reported. The State government has sought clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change for setting up a zoo in the KRF. “The Director of Zoological Parks and other experts from the State Forest Department are on the exercise in preparing the key details,” Mr. Benerjee added.