Extinct Mouse-dear resurfaces after 112 years

extinctRAIPUR: In a unique finding, the Chhattisgarh forest department found country’s smallest descendent of ungulate species known as Indian mouse deer in forests of Gariyaband district “with photographic evidence”, during phase IV Tiger monitoring programme conducted by Nova Nature Welfare Society. It’s after 112 years that Mouse Deer was spotted in state as it was last reported in 1905 as first evidence of its presence by a British from Raipur province of Central India.
The IV phase tiger monitoring programme that went on between November 2016 and June 2017 in Udanti Sitanadi Tiger reserve forests of Gariyaband district was presided by a wildlife NGO Nova Nature Welfare Society (NNWS) under the direction of O P Yadav (Field Director) and Mr. B Vivekananda Reddy (Deputy Director).

Confirming the findings, OP Yadav, field director Udanti Sitanadi said, “It’s for the first time that the species has been spotted with photographic evidence. We would work towards its protection by giving it a proper habitat with food and water holes. Ensuring least biotic interference, efforts would be made to protect the number of Mouse Deer and extra care would be taken.”

Moiz Ahmed of NNWS said that Mouse Deer was spotted in the camera trap installed to monitor movement of tigers in the region. As part of a systematic approach for monitoring, tigers trap cameras were deployed grid-wise across 1842 square kilometres.

“During preliminary survey for wild animal’s signs, the team noticed very small hoof marks and a set of cameras were installed in the region. These cameras were checked every fifth day or a week and during such checking photographs of mouse deer was captured and recorded by trap cameras.
While the population isn’t known, at least 4-5 grids had captured Mouse Deer presence,”Moiz said.

The photographic evidence shows existence of smallest deer species recorded in Chhattisgarh for the first time while in 1905, its first evidence was collected by a British named Brook from Raipur province of central India.

Elaborating about the rare species, he said that the animal is cute, gentle and shy in nature, hardly stands to 15 inches on shoulders. This creature is the smallest descendent of ungulate species (deer specie). Mouse Deer is also known as Indian Chervotain.
The existing population of Indian mouse deer is probably facing severe threat as the local tribesmen are known to hunt deer species for consumption in this area. More research interventions are needed to know the status of this species in Udanti Sitanadi landscape which will contribute towards better conservation of the species in long run.
As per a recently published paper, the species belongs to an ancient group of primitive ruminants, and is listed in schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and declared as Least Concerned species by IUCN (2017).
It is already a highlighted species in Indian wildlife research due to its mystic presence across the distribution ranges in India and Nepal.
NNWS members said that at the start of phase IV, existence of such rare species was questionable but after eight months of rigorous efforts in highly undulating terrain provides not only once but scores of evidences regarding existence of mouse deer in this landscape.
Mouse dear112 साल बाद सामने आया ऐसा जानवर, जंगल में लगे कैमरों में हुआ कैप्चर
रायपुर।छत्तीसगढ़ के गरियाबंद में देश का छोटा हिरण देखा गया। ये फोटो सीतानदी के टाइगर रिजर्व में तेंदुओं पर नजर रखने लगाए कैमरों में कैप्चर हुई। सबसे छोटे इस हिरण को माउस डियर के नाम से जाना जाता हैं। 112 बाद मिला इसके होने का पता..
– माउस डियर सबसे पहले फोटो 1905 में सामने आई थी। अब 112 साल बाद इस जानवर की आई हैं। उस वक्त इस दुर्लभ जानवर की एक विदेशी नागरिक ने क्लिक की थी।
– ये जानवर खत्म होने की कगार पर है ऐसे में इसके होने की जानकारी मिलना वन विभाग और पशु प्रेमियों के लिए खुशी की बात है।
– इसी साल मई और जून के महीने में सीतानदी रिजर्व में लगें कैमरों की ट्रैपिंग के दौरान इनकी होने के संकेत मिले थे तब से इनके बचाव के लिए काम किया जा रहा हैं।
कैसा होता है ये जानवर
ये दुर्लभ जानवर दिखने में क्यूट और बेहद शर्मीला किस्म का जानवर होता है। इसकी लंबाई बमुश्किल 15 इंच होती हैं। इसे इंडियन चेर्वोटैन के नाम से भी जाना जाता हैं।
यहां पाए जाते माउस डियर
माउस डियर छत्तीसगढ़ के अलावा केरला,तमिलनाडु, राजस्थान, झारखंड और मध्यप्रदेश में पाए जाते हैं और समय समय पर इनके होने की खबर मिलती रही है।

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *