Karnataka: Blackbuck sanctuary in Ranebennur stares at water shortage this summer | Hubballi News – Times of India
Blackbucks and birds are facing severe water scarcity for the last month.
Of the 48 ponds constructed in the sanctuary, only 32 can be used by the animals.
Many blackbucks are straying into nearby villages in search of water and face the danger of being attacked by dogs.
The forest department has failed to make proper arrangements to ensure sufficient water in the sanctuary in advance.
According to sources, there are around 6,000 blackbucks in the sanctuary which is spread over 119 square km. Not only blackbucks, but this is also home to wolves, wild boar, fox, jackal, langur, mongoose, pangolin, and other animals. Birds like peacock, large grey babbler, bay-backed shrike, black drongo, and others also live here. All these are facing water scarcity in the summer.
“As many as 48 ponds (artificial water sources) have been constructed by the forest department across the sanctuary. But only 32 are functioning and the remaining have been damaged for the last two years. Currently, we have started to fill 32 ponds through tankers for the animals, but we are not supplying water to the 18 damaged ponds,” said Ganesh Shettar, range forest officer, wildlife wing.
“We are monitoring all ponds to refill them before they get empty. Moreover, we shouldn’t restrict blackbucks within our sanctuary. So sometimes they enter into the nearby farms or villages in search of water. Blackbucks are very clever and they move to places where they get water,” he added.
DCF NE Kranti admitted that some of the natural water sources have gone dry due to increase in temperature drastically for the last one month. “We have to depend on artificial ponds. I will direct to the RFO concerned to fill ponds regularly through tankers across the sanctuary initiate repairs of damaged ponds as possible as early,” he said.
Fakiraswamy Mattennavar, a wildlife lover said, “In this scenario, the department of the forest should dig borewells near the waterholes in the sanctuary, and using solar power pumps to fill empty lakes and waterholes. It will help animals as well as birds during summer.”