March 2008 News

Indian Army Responsible For Dwindling Wildlife In IHK

8 March 2008
Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the wildlife authorities said that troops camping in forests have resulted to the decline of the wild animals. The presence of Indian army disturbed the food habits of animals including leopard, black bear and jackals. The stepping of the animals into human domain usually leads to their killing. Recently, the residents of the Baramulla district recovered carcass of a leopard cub from a manhole. Ten wild animals including four leopards were killed in recent past primarily due to 'biotic' interference in their habitat. The killed animals also included four jackals, a black bear and a porcupine. In 2002, Indian television channels showed a leopard nurtured by troops at Wusan camp in Kupwara district. The leopard brought up at the camp by the troops finally went out of its control. Chief wildlife Warden, Kashmir, Farooq Gilani said that any biotic interference in wild habitation leads to vulnerability of the animals. 'It's a proven fact that habitat disturbance leads to the downfall of wild animals,' he said.

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