KOHORA, Dec 1 – With an attempt to remove the ‘World Heritage Site in Danger’ tag from the Manas National Park, the State Forest Department has undertaken a programme for translocation of about 15 to 25 Eastern Swamp Deer, as permitted by the Union Government, from Kaziranga National Park to Manas.
The translocation process will begin on December 9. The estimated population of Eastern Swamp Deer in Kaziranga is more than 800, available at 20 different pockets of the park although most of them are concentrated at Mihimukh and Debeswari areas of Kaziranga.
Addressing media-persons at Kohora today, Kaziranga National Park Director MK Yadav said that a very sophisticated technique would be used to capture the swamp deer at Mihimukh area near Solmara Beel of Kohora Range of Kaziranga National Park Eastern as swamp deer are very vulnerable to shocks. The State government has already formed three working group, viz., Capture group to be headed by Director of Kaziranga National Park, Logistic group to be headed by DFO, Guwahati Zoo and a group from Veterinary Department. The entire operation of mass capturing of swamp deer will be overseen by Dr Marcus Hoffman, an expert from South Africa, where this technique was used successfully.
Yadav said that this translocation process is being undertaken in the period between the last week of November to the second week of December as shedding of antler takes place in this period. Moreover, there would be fewer pregnancy among deer.
It is worth mentioning here that during the review meeting of UNESCO at Paris in 2011, the Assam government representative was asked to do the needful to improve the situation at the Manas National Park.