The endangered Eastern Swamp Deer population has decreased from 1,148 in in 2016 to 907 in 2018 in theKaziranga National Park.
This was found in a recent survey done of the endangered eastern swamp deer.
For the survey, data was collected from 24 different compartments or blocks inside the forest area of the park.
Forest officials of the park informed that the last survey of the swamp deer species was conducted in 2016 and the total population back then was 1,148.
Out of the 907 deer found, it was reported that 235 were male, 505 female and 167 were calves.
In the park, Eastern range of Agratoli, 156 Eastern Swamp Deer were found in 4 blocks.
Similarly, in the Western range of Bagori, 323 deer were found in 7 blocks and in the Central range of Kohora, 350 deer were found in 8 blocks.
In Burapahar, 22 deer were found in 3 blocks and in Biswanath Wildlife Division , which is under the jurisdiction of Kaziranga National Park authority, 56 deer were found in 2 blocks.
According to official sources, most of the species of Eastern Swamp Deer are now pregnant and expected to give birth to new individuals by the later part of January and February, reports the Assam Tribune.
A pre-census briefing was held on November 27 at the Forest Convention Centre where the census enumerators were apprised about the methods and processes of head counting of the species inside the forest by Research Officer R Sharma.