Hangul, the rare Kashmir deer, may soon go extinct
About Kashmir Stag
The Kashmir Stag or Hangul is a subspecies of elk native to India.
Known for its giant antlers bearing 11 to 16 points.
The main concentration of the endangered species is in Srinagar’s famed Dachigam national park.
Once found in the high altitudes of northern India and Pakistan, the animal now only lives in the dense riverine forests of Dachigam.
Reasons for massive decline in population:
Because of human intrusions and domestic livestock grazing at its habitat
There is a full-fledged government-run sheep breeding centre inside the park that has also contributed to the dwindling hangul population.
The breeding centre causes bacterial infections that affect fetuses of hind resulting in a low birthrate of hangul,
There is also a battalion of security forces, offices of fisheries, protocol, and tourism departments inside the park.
Some influential people have constructed structures outside the park in complete violation of rules.
Listed among the top 15 species of high conservation priority by the Central Government.