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     10 08 2017


     Stray dogs attack spotted deer near Madurai
     MADURAI: Two spotted deer were attacked by stray dogs at Sivarakottai in Madurai district on Thursday morning. One among them died of injuries while the other was rescued and released into the reserve forest after treatment.
     Some of the deer straying from reserve forests of Saptur reserve forest have found shelter in water bodies in Thirumangalam taluk of Madurai district taking advantage of thick bushes.
     Over the period their population has increased many folds. Of late, lot of incidents of road kills of spotted deer as well as death by stray dogs attack are reported from the region.
     On Thursday morning, Sivarakottai residents found a dead spotted deer in the village. The antelope had injuries at its throat. Meanwhile, another deer was spotted near highways not far away from the village. It was alive but had suffered injuries by stray dogs.
     Residents informed the Kallikudi police who rushed to the spot and informed forest department. Forest department officials rushed to the spot and veterinarians tended to the injuries of the antelope. After treatment, it was taken to be released in nearby reserve forest area.
     Postmortem was conducted on the dead animal. The carcass was disposed later.
     District forest officer J R Samartha said the population of spotted deer taking shelter in water bodies in Thirumangalam region has multiplied manifolds. With too many antelopes, they are straying into neighbouring areas coming under the attack of stray dogs or hit by speeding vehicles. In cases of being rescued alive, forest department takes measures to release them in reserve forest areas. Local police and residents are great support to the department in this regard, he said.











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