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Blackbuck Population Increased In Odisha

Blackbuck Population Increased In Odisha:

A census carried out by the Odisha State Forest Department revealed that Odisha’s blackbuck population has doubled in the last six years.

  • The blackbuck is known in Odisha as Krushnasara Mruga.
  • Blackbucks are confined to Balukhand-Konark coastal plain/wildlife sanctuary in Puri District; Balipadar-Bhetnoi and adjacent areas in Ganjam District.
  • As per the latest census, the antelopes numbered 7,358, compared to 2,194 in 2011.
  • Improvement of habitats, the protection is given by the local people, and forest staff were some of the reasons for the increase in the population.

About Blackbuck:

  • The Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra), or the Indian Antelope, is a species of antelope native to India and Nepal.
  • It is widespread in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, and other areas throughout peninsular India.
  • It is considered the epitome of grassland.
  • It is considered to be the fastest animal in the world next to Cheetah.
  • The blackbuck is a diurnal antelope (active mainly during the day).
  • It has been declared as the State Animal of Punjab, Haryana, and Andhra Pradesh.
  • Cultural Importance: It is a symbol of purity for Hinduism as its skin and horns are regarded as sacred objects.
  • For Buddhism, it is a symbol of good luck.
  • Protection Status:
    • Wildlife Protection Act 1972: Schedule I
    • IUCN Status: Least Concern
    • CITES: Appendix III