Wildlife fans and consultants are abuzz with pleasure after the latest sighting of an endangered Indian gray wolf in the expansive confines of Nationwide Chambal Sanctuary in Etawah.
This was the first confirmed sighting of a wolf in the area in two decades—the final sightings had been reported throughout Operation Bhediya carried out between 1997 and 2000 to map the canines’ footprint in Chambal.
In accordance to wildlife consultants, the sighting of an Indian wolf holds important implications for the ecological stability in the Chambal area. The sanctuary is already famend for being a haven for critically endangered ghariyals, red-crowned roof turtles and the elusive Ganga River dolphins.
Kartik Dwivedi, an schooling officer with the Etawah Lion Safari, took the image of the gray wolf on January 15 on his method to the interpretation centre in the Baah vary. “I believed it was a jackal however an skilled area officer Ranjit Kamar accompanying me stated it was a wolf.”
This made him ship the images to many wildlife consultants, together with those related to Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun. “All of them have responded in affirmation that it was certainly an Indian gray wolf,” stated Dwivedi, who performed an important position in the rehabilitation of 13 leopards in Bijnor.
Divakar Srivastava, who retired as a district forest officer in Chambal, stated Indian wolves had been seen throughout Operation Bhediya launched in the late 90s, a first severe try to map their presence number-wise. “It was then that wolves had been seen however after that they appeared to have disappeared,” he added.
“I’ve spent a while right here in Chambal however there hasn’t been any info or indicators of wolves in decades. Everybody is worked up after this sighting,” he stated.
Rajeev Chauhan, who works with WII in Chambal, corroborated Srivastava’s observations and stated the final sighting was in the early 2000s, and a return of wolves to Chambal was thrilling and that their conservation works ought to start instantly.
“Forests are quick depleting so are wolves. There have been reviews of wolf sightings in East UP in the latest previous however not in Chambal the place they used to be good in numbers,” he stated.