Sanctuaries
 

 Wildlife Sanctuaries

There are 12 wildlife sanctuaries duly notified in the State. The total area under these sanctuaries is 32,370.64 ha out of which 13,720.64 ha belongs to Government area and the rest 18,650.00 ha belongs to private area consisting of 13 “Bishnoi” villages comprising the Abohar Wildlife Sanctuary. The important features of these Sanctuaries (Protected Areas) are briefly described as below:-

1. Bir Moti Bagh Wildlife Sanctuary
This Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 5 Km. from Patiala on Patiala-Dakala Road and is spread over 654.00 ha of Government area. Black Buck, Chital, Hog Deer, Blue Bull, Wild Boar, Jackal, Rhesus Monkey, Peafowl, Brahminy Myna, Black and Grey Partridges, Quails etc. are found here in this Sanctuary area.  A Deer park is also situated in this Sanctuary area. The bir area was declared as wildlife sanctuary under the Preservation of Faunae of Patiala Rules, 1896 vide Patiala and East Punjab State Union Government (PEPSU) notification No. F-150/50 dated 28-2-1952.

2. Bir Gurdialpura Wildlife Sanctuary
Bir Gurdialpura Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 45 km. from Patiala city and 15 km. from Samana on Patiala-Samana-Shatrana Road and is spread over 620.53 ha of Government area.  Wild Boar, Blue Bull, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Hog Deer, Rhesus Monkey, Peafowl, Black and Grey Partridges, Dove and Spotted owlet etc. are found here in this Sanctuary area.  This sanctuary was first declared as Wildlife Sanctuary vide Notification No.34(39)Ft-IV-87/5065 dated 3.3.1989 and final Notification was issued vide No.34/31/03 Ft.-IV/14758 dated 27-8-2003.              
         
3. Bir Bhunerheri Wildlife Sanctuary
This Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 15 km. from Patiala on Patiala-Devigarh road and is spread over 661.66 ha of Government area. A number of old Shisham & Kikar trees are found in the Sanctuary area which provide good habitat to wildlife.  Hog Deer, Blue Bull, Porcupine, Black Buck, Sambar, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Rhesus Monkey, Peafowl, Black and Grey Partridges, Dove and Spotted owlet etc. are found here in this Sanctuary area. The bir area was declared as wildlife sanctuary under the Preservation of Faunae of Patiala Rules, 1896 vide Patiala and East Punjab State Union Government (PEPSU) notification No. F-150/50 dated 28-2-1952.        
                  
4. Bir Mehas Wildlife Sanctuary
The name of Bir Mehas refers to village Mehas, which is located adjacent to the Bir.  The Santuary is situated adjacent to Nabha town on Nabha-Malerkotla Road and  is spread over 123.43 ha of Government area that falls in tehsil Nabha of District Patiala. The bir area was declared as wildlife sanctuary under the Preservation of Faunae of Patiala Rules, 1896 vide Patiala and East Punjab State Union Government (PEPSU) notification No. F-150/50 dated 28-2-1952.  Inspite of local people pressure and other disturbances, this sanctuary harbours many wildlife species such as Rhesus Monkey, Jungle Cat, Peacock, Blue Bull, Jackal, Black and Grey Partridges etc. 
                            
5. Bir Dosanjh Wildlife Sanctuary
Bir Dosanjh wildlife sanctuary is also situated adjacent to Nabha town on Nabha to Jorepul Road and  is spread over 517.59 ha of Government area that falls in tehsil Nabha of District Patiala. The bir area was declared as wildlife sanctuary under the Preservation of Faunae of Patiala Rules, 1896 vide Patiala and East Punjab State Union Government (PEPSU) notification No. F-150/50 dated 28-2-1952. Blue bull, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Rhesus Monkey, Peafowl, Black and Grey Partridges etc. are found here in this Sanctuary area.
                                                      
6. Bir Bhadson Wildlife Sanctuary
This Sanctuary falls in district Patiala and is located on the left side of Nabha- Bhadson-Gobindgarh Road.  This Sanctuary is spread over 1,022.63 ha of Government area. The bir area was declared as wildlife sanctuary under the Preservation of Faunae of Patiala Rules, 1896 vide Patiala and East Punjab State Union Government (PEPSU) notification No. F-150/50 dated 28-2-1952. It harbours many wildlife species such as Blue Bull, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Rhesus Monkey, Peafowl, Black and Grey Partridges, Hare, Spotted owlet etc. The forests in the sanctuary falls under the sub- group 5(B) Northern Tropical Dry Mixed Deciduous forest type.
                  
7. Bir Aishwan Wildlife Sanctuary
Bir Aishwan Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 3 Km from Sangrur city on Sohian Road in District Sangrur.  This Sanctuary is spread over 264.40 ha of Government area. The bir area was declared as wildlife sanctuary under the Preservation of Faunae of Patiala Rules, 1896 vide Patiala and East Punjab State Union Government (PEPSU) notification No. F-150/50 dated 28-2-1952. It harbours wildlife species like Blue Bull, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Rhesus Monkey, Peafowl, Black and Grey Partridges, Hare, Spotted owlet etc. An Environment Chetna Kendra also exists in this Sanctuary area.
     
8. Abohar Wildlife Sanctuary
This Sanctuary is located 8 km. from Abohar city in district Ferozepur. This Sanctuary is famous for Black Buck and covers an area of 18,650.00 ha.  The entire area of Sanctuary is  private or community owned land of 13 Bishnoi villages.  This  Sanctuary was first declared as Wildlife Sanctuary vide Punjab Government notification No.34(22) Ft IV-80/6398 dated 01-06-1993 for five years and again vide No. 40/4/98-Ft-IV/10595 dated 20-8-98 for a period of five years and final notification was issued vide Punjab Government No. 40/4/98-Ft-IV/11505 dated 07.9.2000. Black Buck and Blue Bull are the main wildlife species found in this sanctuary area. An interpretation center exists in this Sanctuary area where awareness about wildlife preservation is provided to the public.
                  
9. Harike Wildlife Sanctuary
            This Sanctuary is located at a distance of 58 km. from Amritsar on Kot Isa Khan- Harike Road.  This Sanctuary is spread over 8,600.00 ha of Government area that falls in Ferozepur, Taran Tarn and Kapurthala Districts. Harike pond area was declared as Wildlife Sanctuary vide Punjab Government Notification No.34(21)92 Ft-IV/10818 dated 8.9.1992 for a period of 10 years and final Notification was issued vide Punjab Government No. 34/7/99-Ft-IV/16393 dt. 18.11.1999. The sanctuary attracts large number of migratory birds during the winter months. Important species of birds like Large Cormorant, Darter, Purple Moorhen,  Bar-headed Goose, Pintail, Common Teal, Pigeon, Shoveller, Common Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, White eyed Pochard are found in this Sanctuary.  Harike Sanctuary is a Ramsar site of International importance declared on 23/03/1990.
                                                         
10. Takhni Rehmapur Wildlife Sanctuary
            This Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 15 km. from Hoshiarpur on Hoshiarpur-Mehengrowal road.  This Sanctuary is spread over 382.00 ha of Government area (i.e. 956 acres of which 498 acres area belongs to Village Takhni and 458 acres area belongs to village Rehmapur) that falls in District Hoshiarpur. This Sanctuary is situated at the foot – hills of Shiwalik Range of Himalayas and is representative of Foot Hill Ecosystem.  It abodes a variety of wildlife species and is rich in floral diversity also.  Barking Deer, Pangolin, Python, Hog Deer, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Rat Snake and Kalij Pheasant are found in this Sanctuary.  Takhni-Rehmapur area in Hoshiarpur was first declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary  vide Punjab Government Notification No.34(32)92Ft-IV/2040 dated 16.2.1993 and final Notification was issued vide Punjab Government No. 34/10/99-Ft-IV/7182 dt. 8.6.1999.

11. Jhajjar-Bachauli Wildlife Sanctuary
This Sanctuary is situated 15 Km. from Anandpur Sahib city in the Government forest area of District Rupnagar.  It has an area of 116.00 ha (i.e. 289 acres of which 218 acres area belongs to Village Jhajjar, 55 acres to village Bachauli and 16 acres to village Lamlehri).    This area was first declared as Wildlife Sanctuary vide Punjab Government Notification No. 40/3/98/Ft-IV/11500 dated 9-9-1998 and final notification was issued vide Punjab Government Notification No. 34/31/03/Ft-IV/19747 dated 11-12-03. Sambar, Barking Deer, Hare, Jackal, Python, Cobra, Rat snake, Leopard (migratory) etc. are found here in this Sanctuary area.

12. Kathlaur Kushlian Wildlife Sanctuary
This Sanctuary is located on the new bye pass of Amritsar–Jammu Highway  in Tehsil Pathankot of District Gurdaspur. This sanctuary is spread over 758.40 ha of Government protected forest area (i.e. 1896 acres of which 346 acres area belongs to Village Kushalian and 1550 acres area belongs to village Kathlour and adjoining villages Rajpur, Bahadurpur and Jaswa). This area was notified as Wildlife Sanctuary vide Punjab Government Notification No. 34/13/2007/Ft-V/6133 dated 28.06.2007. The sanctuary has good population of different ungulates and deer species. This area comprises of dense (closed canopy) forests, interspersed with open grasslands of Saccharum and water bodies as it lies on the banks of the bed of river Ravi. 

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