Nagpur: At a time when wildlife mitigation measures are being debated for the road widening of NH7 between Mansar and Khawasa, a full-grown bluebull was knocked dead by an unidentified vehicle on NH6 near Kondhali on Sunday afternoon.

Highway traffic on the Nagpur-Amravati road came to a standstill for a moment at 12 noon and a few travellers even stopped and tried to save the animal by serving water to the badly injured bluebull.

"The injuries were so nasty that the bluebull died on-the-spot. There was a severe head injury to the animal and blood was oozing out profusely," said one of the eyewitnesses.

The incident was reported to chief wildlife warden Sarjan Bhagat and Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) SG Tembhurnikar. Soon a forest squad led by RFO Vinayak Umale reached the spot and removed the carcass.

The forest patch near Kondhali, 43km from Nagpur, is a crossing point for animals. Wild animals from Pench landscape and Bor Tiger Reserve use this corridor and cross the highway.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has not taken any mitigation measures on this stretch. "Highways cause more deaths of wild animals than poaching. The NHAI need to consider mitigation measures for the stretches passing through forest and wildlife habitats," said a S.F. Representative.

At least eight leopards, a wildcat and herbivores have been killed on NH6 alone in the last four years since January 2011. The deaths have occurred near jungle patches where forest officials have never forced the NHAI to take any mitigation measures for wildlife.

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