As fire continues to rage in Odisha’s Similipal National Park, wild animals enter human habitation

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As wildfires continue to devour Similipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, many wild animals are said to have headed towards human habitations in search of food, water and shelter.

According to reports, some deer snuck into Nihangandi village under Thakurmunda forest range after being chased by street dogs.

While all the deer in the herd managed to return to the forest of Similipal, one of them entered a house to save his life. Subsequently, the villagers informed the forest officials following which the animal was rescued from the village.

A few days ago, an injured bear broke into Purunapani village under the Karanjia forest division of the district, causing panic among the locals. However, the bear died due to an alleged lack of treatment.

Locals said the bear could have been fatally injured by a hunter’s arrow or while hunting for food.

Also on Friday, a bear entered the village of Gaudibahali and attacked two residents.

Locals alleged that due to the fire in the forest, the animals were heading towards the village and demanded a permanent solution to the threat.

Note, the fire in the Similipal National Park has been raging for a few days, damaging the flora and fauna of the jungle. It is alleged that the forest fire is started by poachers to hunt wild animals and pick mahua flowers.

Earlier on Tuesday, Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) officials arrested five people as they allegedly attempted to set fire to the forest to hunt wild animals in the Nawana Wildlife Range.

STR authorities also seized six axes, two bows, arrows and matchboxes in their possession.

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