Wildlife Conservation Is Key To Food Chain Balance

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SRINAGAR: In anticipation of this world wildlife day, the UT administration has already got a new bird- Fly Catcher to represent the UT.

A black bear sits atop a tree at the Dachigam National Park in Srinagar on Tuesday, March 3, observed as World Wildlife Day. The population of black bear has increased over the past few years. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

But there are many other species that are either threatened or getting very rear. These including the Kashmir stag, the Hangul that has been witnessed a rise and fall in its population for a very long time.

A group of deer grazing on a hillock at the Dachigam National Park in Srinagar. Deer is considered to be an endangered animal. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Kashmir has been rich in flora and fauna but the biotic interventions and the lop-sided policy interventions have somehow impacted the balance. As the man has gone too deep into the forests, the wildlife is reacting and getting into the habitations. It has created a long and unending battle for survival between the human and the wild species.

A leopard rests at the Dachigam National Park in Dachigam on the outskirts in Srinagar. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Kashmir’s wildlife story is getting beyond the survival of the fittest regime. Over the years as the range of the wildlife was restricted by the political situation, for survival the wildlife is seeking new areas.

A Himalayan langur rests on a tree in Dachigam national park. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Abnormality in the species balancing can have an impact on the food chain. But the situation is not alarming. A series of positive interventions can help save the situation, experts say.

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