Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 6:45am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna | From the print edition
To know more about the bird's movement pattern, the Pune forest division radio-collared a Bustard called Chotu and they found in July that it had roamed 103 kms into Karnataka.
The environment ministry's National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) approved Maharashtra government's long pending plan to 'rationalise' the boundary of Great Indian Bustard sanctuary in Nannaj, Solapur, that is interspersed by vast private land. The Bustard sanctuary, established in 1979, is spread across an original area of 8,469 sq kms. But over the years locals have felt that the sanctuary area is surplus as the Bustard uses its area only for mating and for foraging and eating insects, it usually roams in croplands and around human habitation. More importantly, the vast spread of the sanctuary had put a host of restrictions on development in private land, antagonising the locals against the bird.