Hanguls run from Kashmir’s cold

Fayaz Bukhari – NDTV.com

The endangered Hangul deer found only in Kashmir have come downhill to the Dachigam National Park in search of food as their fodder in the upper reaches are under snow.

The wildlife department says it’s ready to welcome the new guests.

”We are providing them vegetable and dry willow branches. We are ready for this since September,” said Tayyib Shah Qadri, Range Officer, Dachigam.

The population of this species of deer is on the decline. In 1940 the region had 3,000 Hangul deer, now the number is down to about 200.

The heavy snowfall has also exposed them to the increasing leopard population, so it is a big challenge for the endangered deer species.

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