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“Only three peacock died of heat wave”: Forest department

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Prashant Nikale

NASHIK: The Forest Department has denied the claim that 40 peacocks were found dead in Dighwad and Dahivad villages Chandawad tehsil, in May, 2019. The forest department in its reports has claimed that only 11 peacocks died in that period and that too with various reasons. The department in its report has said that bodies 4 birds was eaten by dogs and were not available for postmortem. Another four peacocks were found dead by falling in wells and only three peacocks were died due to heatwave.

The report ahs further stated, “Out of 11, seven birds, which were available, the veterinary medical officer Bopane conducted postmortem on these birds. The departments registered a case in the issue.”
The news created overnight buzz in state, that 40 peacocks died in over period of month due to heat wave. The department has denied all the claims about the news. The natives in this part are still firm on their claim.

The forest officials have also accepted that they do not have any data of number of peacocks in the region. They have only given cumulative figure of 200 to 250 numbers of peacocks in their report.

“The forest official immediately visited the place after the incident took place. The reality was different only three birds died due to heat wave. We have created this report with spot visit and have given instructions to the officials as well as village panchayat and villagers,” said Deputy Conservator of Forest, Nashik East Zone Tushar Chavan.

The forest officials have said that 50 water pots have been planted on various locations and three natives have also been appointed to provide food and water to birds after the incident. The department has also claimed that instructions are given to villagers and notices are also served to poultry farm businesses in region as precautionary measure.

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