Hyena found injured, may have been hit by a car while crossing road


Gurgaon: An adult striped hyena was found injured in the Aravali forests in Damdama village on Saturday morning.
Villagers out for morning walk heard the sound of an animal in distress, and found the hyena lying on its stomach in the bushes.
“One of its eyes was badly injured, and it was unable to move. I called the wildlife office for help. I waited for an hour until the animal was taken away for treatment. I wanted to be sure the animal was rescued safely,” said Vijay Khatana, the sarpanch of Damdama village.
Officials said the animal might have been hit by a vehicle while it was crossing the road. A detailed report will be prepared on the nature of injuries.
“We will increase surveillance in the area to avoid any incidents such as these. Much of the area is forested and it has abundant wildlife. It might be possible the animal was looking for food and water and trying to cross the road when it was hit. Also, it may have been involved in a fight with another animal and crossed the road to flee. The hyena is undergoing treatment and will recover soon,” said ML Mallik, the conservator of wildlife in south Haryana, said.
According to researchers, road kills are the primary threat to wild animals in the region as multiple highways have been built through the forest area. In January 2022, a three-year-old leopard died after it was hit by a vehicle near the Western Peripheral Highway in Nuh. In June the same year, a female leopard was run over on Pali road in Faridabad near Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary. In April 2014, four leopards were found dead within a week in and around a private golf resort in Gurgaon.
The spot where the hyena was found injured is close to the area where the city’s second biodiversity park is likely to come up. The Damdama biopark will be developed in phases over the next 10 years. It will cover 500 acres across the three villages of Khedla, Damdama and Abheypur.
The striped hyena is protected under Schedule III of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. .
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