Bargarh: With the tiger census concluded recently in Odisha, tiger pug marks were spotted at Barapahad hills and Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh district.
The tiger census was jointly carried out by Hirakud wildlife division and Bargarh district forest department. The officials in the team tracked the wildlife upto 5-km every day.
During the survey, the officials spotted the pug marks of tigers as well as other wildlife including elephants in the area.
While three paw prints of a female tiger and its cub were found in Ambabhona block, one pug mark of a tiger was clearly spotted at Matabandh area. The officials also traced the presence of tigers at Launsara Hurasil forest under Dunguri section.
Last year, 25-30 elephants strayed into Jharsuguda forests by crossing Hirakud from Launsara Hurasil forest, said Bhatli forest ranger.
Notably, Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary comprises of Lohara and Debrigarh Reserved Forests of Barapahad hills in Bargarh district. The sanctuary is rich in wildlife and also famous for beauty of Nature with magnificent waterfalls.