Hyderabad: Another spotted deer was found dead inside the University of Hyderabad campus, the fourth in a month. The animal was found dead near the F hostel on Monday. Last week, a deer was found dead near the Humanities building.

"Many trees which include neem trees were cut down for the construction of a new building behind the Centre of Integrated Studies and the SIP buildings, Behind SN School and Near-Earth Sciences due to which most of the wildlife in the university lost their natural habitat," said Rohit Kumar Bondugula, PhD scholar and wildlife activist.

He also added that due to the Hyderabad flood rains in mid-October, the boundary walls of the university campus collapsed at different places that attracted many feral dogs from the outside to enter the campus. These feral dogs spread across different parts of the forest and preyed on the animals.

"There is an urgent need to relocate these feral dogs from the forest. The administration must swiftly take measures to protect the wildlife from the attacks of feral dogs and also from deforestation activities," said Rohit.

The University of Hyderabad (UoH) is spread around 2,300 acres and is home to several rare species of birds and wild animals like the spotted deer, wild boar, monitor lizard, peafowl, wild hares, mongoose, and the Asian palm civet. In December 2020 also, a few spotted deer had died from the attack by feral dogs.

Rohit said that several wild animals have been found dead inside the university campus in recent times. "In the past few years, the university has witnessed a huge amount of deforestation activities. We lost a majority of the green cover and whatever little remains, we need to save it. Several animals are losing their lives because of it," said Rohit.

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