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Cheetah, dolphin population goes down in Odisha

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Cheetah, dolphin population goes down in Odisha

October 10
10:54 2017

By Chitta Ranjan Mohanty

BHUBANESWAR, OCT. 10: Contrary to the Odisha government’s claim that it has taken initiatives for safety of wildlife in the state, the numbers of cheetah and dolphin are on steady decline in the state.

While the total number of cheetah was 487 in 2004, now the figure has reduced to 318.

As per the data available with the state forest and environment department, there were 196 male cheetahs, 218 female cheetahs and 13 cubs in 2004. Except Sambalpur circle, the number of cheetahs has declined in all the circles in Odisha.

While 44 cheetahs were recorded in Sambalpur circle in 2004, the number rose by only two to 46 this year.

The highest number of cheetahs was found in Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) circle that had total 132 in 2004. Now it has declined to 65. There are only 58 cheetah recorded on Berhampur circle as against 98 in 2004.

The number of cheetah declined to 51 from 61 in Bhawanipatna circle, 15 from 52 in Koraput circle, 53 from 57 in Angul circle, 19 from 25 in Rourkela circle and 11 from 18 in Bhubaneswar circle in the past 12 years.

The decline of cheetah cubs by 50 per cent is the matter of concern for the government. Total number of cubs registered at 20 as against 43 in 2004. There is no cub in Koraput and Bhubaneswar circles.

Similarly, there were 450 dolphins off Odisha coast in 2014. The number has declined by 193 to 257 in 2016.

While 156 Irrawaddy dolphins were counted in 2010-11, the number reduced to 145 in 2011-12, 152 in 2012-13, 158 in 2013-14, 144 in 2014-15 and 121 in 2015-16.

There were 450 dolphins of seven variants spotted in Odisha. The number declined to 257 including 52 Bottlenose dolphins, 125 Humpback dolphins and 50 pantropical spotted dolphins.


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