The report titled “Status of Common Leopard in Katerniaghat Wildlife Division” is an outcome of a comprehensive study of the leopard population and its distribution within the Katerniaghat Wildlife Division (WLD) in Uttar Pradesh, carried out by WWF India, in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department.

BAHRAICH: A gharial, categorised as critically endangered species, was found dead near Gerua village in Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary near here, a senior forest official said.

A survey of birds was carried out from March 2007 to August 2007. The birds were observed during most active period of the day i.e. 0515 to 0830 hrs and 1530 to 1830 hrs. A total of 200 bird species were recorded in the sanctuary.

Out of the 9 species of vultures, more than 90 per cent of two species of vultures, the white-rumped and long-billed, have been wiped out. The main reason for such a decline in the population has been attributed to presence of diclofenac. The manufacture of diclofenac for cattle is now banned.

Atiq Khan

LUCKNOW: The death of a tiger on the railway track near Manjha Purbi halt on the Mailani-Gonda rail section in Katerniaghat Wildlife Division in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh this past Friday has evoked a strong reaction from the State Government.