Nepal — Following massive fires at different community forests in Bhimeshwar municipality, many wild animals including endangered Himalayan goral and peacocks have fled the forest.
They could be spotted running helter-skelter on the roads and on the outskirts of human settlements while some locals say that some of the Himalayan gorals or ghorals have fled far away, crossing the mighty Tamakoshi River.
More than 150 hen peacocks and 60 ghorals were living in Sita Kunda community forest alone before the fire spread to the forestland from a nearby dumping site five days ago, according to the District Forest Office.
The fire had also spread to nearby Budha Bhimsen community forest and Simpani. But all forest fires have been tamed by Sunday, the office added.
With the help of bushes, 62 of us were able to control the fire of Budha Bhimsen forest, said Ram Kumar Nepali, a local.
While fire in Simpani has been controlled by locals and a team of forest staffs led by District Forest Officer Rabindra Maharjan.
A dozen forests have been on fire and we have been trying our level best to control them, said Maharjan, Awareness to control those fires and some tools are being provided to forest users´ groups.
Some jackals, which were taking refuse in these forests, have also been spotted close to the human settlement, according to the locals.
Balkrishna Kunwar, secretary of a community forest, said that the forest fire has been particularly painful for the peacocks as it is their hatching season.
Their louder cries, which are similar to that of the human beings, could be heard every now and then. This might be because of the agony of laying eggs, or due to the burnt injuries as some of them were partially burnt in the forest fire, said Bam Bahadur Thapa, an elderly resident.
The locals added that they have been handing over the wild animals and birds to the District Forest Office wherever they found them.