Hangul on Come-back Trail
The hangul deer, aka, Kashmir Stag – a sub-species of Red Deer confined to the Indian state of Kashmir which during the last period of monarchy is said to have numbered about 3000 animals, but reduced to a mere 170 animals according to a census conducted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in the early 1970s, is now seen as staging a recovery, albeit nominal. The latest census, conducted in March, puts the raw count of the endangered animal at 175.
Apparently,various measures by the government, including the enactment of Wildlife Act and the establishment of a full-fledged department of wildlife, saved the animal from extinction.
Though the increase in number is nominal, what is heartening to consevationists is that its population dynamics show healthy trends. Along with an increase in the number of male animals,which promises better prospects for mating, the female-fawn ratio has improved too – boding well for a sustained population growth.
The wildlife department is all set to start work on a $4.68m plan to protect and promote the hangul.
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