Population size, herd structure and sex ratio of the Blackbuck Antilope Cervicapra (Mammalia: Cetartiodactyla: Bovidae) in a human dominated area in Odisha, India

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Subrat Debata
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Blackbuck Antilope cervicapra in human dominated landscapes are vulnerable to poaching, habitat loss and competition with livestock for forage.  I estimated population sizes and age structure of Blackbucks in an unprotected site of 61.21km² in Odisha over a period of one year (October 2012 to October 2013).  A total of 7,134 individuals in 366 herds were documented ranging from a single individual to the largest herd of 51 animals.  Average herd size was 19.49±0.03 (SE) and ranged from 13.34±0.06 in summer to 31.86±0.07 during the monsoon.  Sex ratio was skewed towards females by 3:1.  The young constituted 16% of the population.  This indicates that a healthy population of blackbuck is surviving in this area; therefore measures need to be taken to conserve this site and manage the area as a Blackbuck reserve. 

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Debata, S. 2017. Population size, herd structure and sex ratio of the Blackbuck Antilope Cervicapra (Mammalia: Cetartiodactyla: Bovidae) in a human dominated area in Odisha, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 9, 11 (Nov. 2017), 10953–10955. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2658.9.11.10953-10955.
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Subrat Debata, Department of Biodiversity and Conservation of Natural Resources, Central University of Orissa, Koraput, Odisha 764021, India

Department of Biodiversity and Conservation of Natural Resources, Ph.D. Scholar

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