Andhra Pradesh

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DFO Ram Mohan Rao says wild animal encounters are common in all places that have a combination of forest and urban habitats.

Visakhapatnam, for instance, envelops two reserve forests, Sitakonda and Kambalakonda, within it. While Sitakonda occupies about 500 hectares, Kambalakonda sprawls over 7,100 hectares. While these two forests have remained largely untouched, except for encroachment on the fringes, the city has lost about 80 per cent of the vegetation on what are called revenue hillocks, thanks to human encroachment and illegal quarrying.

“Though revenue hillocks are not classified as reserve forests, they do have sufficient foliage for animal sustenance. Most of the stray panthers and pythons sighted here have been from these hillocks,” said Prof. Yerri Babu of the Department of Zoology of Andhra University.

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