Jan 2, 2015
LUCKNOW: In a sign that critically endangered vultures may be making a comeback in UP, at least 900 vultures have been counted in 13 districts in the first ever vulture census conducted in the state. Mainpuri has got maximum 193 vultures followed by Pilibhit with 125 vultures and north and south kheri together adding up to 100 vultures. Vulture conservation necessitates knowledge of how many vultures exist in state and in what pockets. In UP, vulture nests have on and off been spotted in Dudhwa and other protected forest areas. This is for the time that a vulture census has been conducted.
“Final count would come by the end of this month,” said deputy chief wildlife warden (CWW), UP, Vikas Verma. A commonly sighted bird in the past, vultures have almost been wiped out of the ecological map over the last two decades. The bird is protected under Schedule (I) of the Wildlife Act. To ascertain the number of vultures present in the country, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has this time asked states to also count vultures along with tigers during the census exercise.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com