Officials rescue critically injured Sambar Deer

Forest officials from the Paro Range Office rescued a female Sambar deer in Tsento gewog that was critically injured after being chased by a pack of strays.

The forest official with the Wildlife Rescue and Animal Health Section (WRAHS), Gyem Tshering, said that the deer’s forelimbs were completely broken and the animal had suffered numerous cuts and wounds The deer has been brought to the animal rescue center in Taba for medication.

In most of the rescue efforts performed by officials, the chance of survival depends on severity of injuries and stress the animal undergoes.

The Sambar Deer is believed to be the most common wildlife rescued every year all across the country.

According to Gyem Tshering, almost everywhere, the Sambar is in rapid decline leading to a widespread distribution of very low numbers and much local-level extinction.

The Sambar deer is listed as VU through continued decline across its range, however, no information was traced out from Bhutan until now.

The Sambar is a large deer native to the Indian Subcontinent, southern China and Southeast Asia. The name “Sambar” is also sometimes used to refer to the Philippine deer and the rusa deer.

Meanwhile in Bhutan, conservationists believe the main conservation issues come from development, such as the construction of road, hydroelectric projects, grazing by domestic stock at high elevations and people living in protected areas.

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