Snow leopard count to begin next month in Uttarakhand- The New Indian Express

Snow leopard rely to start subsequent month in Uttarakhand- The New Indian Categorical

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DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand forest division will begin a snow leopard rely in November masking over 12,800 sq km of space spreading throughout 10 forest divisions the place the elusive species is discovered. Your entire survey space will probably be divided into 80 grids for the train to be completed in 4 phases.

“The primary section will contain a subject survey of all these grids whereas the second section in March- April subsequent yr will once more cowl your entire space. Within the third section, 150 digicam traps will probably be put in adopted by segregation of knowledge by subject survey and digicam traps,” mentioned Uttarakhand chief wildlife warden JS Suhag.

The outcomes of the survey, which was delayed by the Covid pandemic, will probably be out by November subsequent yr. Locals, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Military will probably be saved in loop given their areas and camps close to the doable habitat of the elusive cat whose numbers are estimated to be round 86 in Uttarakhand.

“The counting will assist us plan higher for conservation of this species in addition to others which co-exist with it,” mentioned Suhag. In Uttarakhand, snow leopards are present in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Gangotri Nationwide Park, Askot Wildlife Sanctuary and different locations at an altitude between 3000 and 4500 meters.

Because of its reclusive nature, the snow leopard has earned the sobriquet of ‘Ghost of the Mountains’. India has recognized three landscapes — Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, Gangotri-Nanda Devi in Uttarakhand, and Kanchendzonga- Tawang in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh — for habitat conservation of snow leopards.

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