Radio collar tagged on snow leopard

- ANANDA GAUTAM, Taplejung
Radio collar tagged on snow leopard

May 24, 2014-

The Kanchanjangha Conse-rvation Area (KCA) has yet again installed radio collar on a snow leopard in order to collect real-time information on its position and movement via Global Positioning System (GPS). A team of experts from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) installed the radio-collar on the male leopard weighing 45 kilograms, named ‘Pasang Dorje’, a week ago. The data collected via the radio collar will be intercepted and monitored by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Babarmahal, Kathmandu.

The first leopard to be fitted with the collar at the area was nicknamed Kumbhakarna.

“Both leopards were trapped in Khumbachen area at Lelep as the movement of the big cat is relatively higher in this area in comparison to others,” said Himali Chungda, coordinator of the Snow Leopard Conservation Sub-committee in the district.

Meanwhile, the team that intended to install the device on two leopards has returned upon completion of their two-month deadline. However, team members, including Investigation Officer Kamal Thapa, Veterinary Officer Balkrishna Giri and Wildlife Technician Nanda Ram Acharya of the National Nature Conservation Fund, were elated as their endeavour had been successful. While Thapa installed the collar, Giri handled medical procedures and Acharya tranquilised the creatures.Of approximately nine to 11 blocks in the KCA, four of them have been identified as major habitat of the leopards. The WWF has planned to install the collars on at least six leopards. Conservation officials said they are planning to do the same in Yangma in the conservation area. Yangma, Olangchungola, Khambachen and Yamfuddhin are known to be the shelter of the snow leopards.

Meanwhile, Chief District Officer Prakash Poudel, expressing dissatisfaction saying that the KCA failed to correspond with the District Administration Office on the conservation efforts. Earlier too, the KCA had failed to notify the DAO about the installation of radio collars. Even the team left district headquarters Fungling on Friday without informing anyone about their work.

Published: 25-05-2014 09:29

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