A note on cheetal, Axis axis (Erxleban) damage to nursery stock, at Satyanarayan forest nursery, Dehra Dun (U.P.).
Observations made in May 1991 are reported indicating damage to a large number of seedlings in the nursery at Satyanarayan by the cheetal (or spotted deer), Axis axis [Cervus axis]. Seedlings damaged included: khair (Acacia catechu), 20%; siris (Albizia lebbek [A. lebbeck]), 15%; and kachnar (Bauhinia variegata), 7%. These seedlings were completely browsed. Others (12%) were trampled. In another plot, seedlings of other species (bahera, Terminalia belerica [T. bellirica], 15%; and pulu, Kydia calycina, 20%) were found badly browsed and damaged [by trampling]. Although nearly 50% of the seedlings survived after a growth flush, the remainder had to be replaced. Fencing and regular surveillance are advocated.