Divisional forest officer (DFO) of the park JD Pati said, “We have installed the cameras to gather first-hand knowledge about both herbivorous and carnivorous species in the park.
Forest officials had built around 40 wooden barricades around rivers and ponds near Bhitarkanika to prevent crocodiles from straying into the water bodies.
Acting on a tip-off, forest officials raided a spot in the forest and arrested Shibashambhu Tarai, Madhu Mahalik and Niranjan Mandal of Iswarapur village.
Forest range officer of Bhitarkanika National Park Dhaneswar Rath said it is not unusual for snakes like Russell’s Viper to sneak into villages.
The incident occurred after the endangered freshwater Indian Peacock softshell turtle got stuck in the nets of a fisherman near Bhitarkanika National Park on September 8.
The baby gharial was caught in the net of a fisherman in Paika river.
Around 2,500 baby crocodiles were born in Bhitarkanika National Park recently.
Former Rajnagar MLA Ansuman Mohanty said due to substandard repair and construction work, the main roads in these villages are replete with crater-like potholes.
She started shouting but instead of waiting for any help, she pricked the eyes of the young crocodile.
The deceased was identified as 45-year-old Basant Parida, a farmer. This is the fourth attack in three months around the park.
The park was closed for visitors from May 1 to July 31 during the mating and nesting seasons of saltwater crocodiles but due to COVID-19, the Forest department extended the closure period to August 8.
The boats have been gathering dust as the Forest Department which initially owned them could not find trained personnel to operate them.
But this year, we have to miss out on the pure enjoyment of watching birds build nests by collecting branches, lay and hatch eggs, feed fledglings, say bird watchers.
The carcass of a five-feet-long saltwater crocodile was retrieved by forest personnel from Patasala river near Silapokhari village within Bhitarkanika National Park (BNP) on Thursday.
Many guesthouses at Dangmal within the park stand damaged by uprooted trees during the cyclonic storm. Besides, walls of the crocodile breeding and rearing centre have caved in.