Leopards kill six blackbucks in one month

- KAMAL PANTHI, Gulariya
Leopards kill six blackbucks in one month

Jan 20, 2015-

The number of protected blackbucks (Antilope cervicapra), locally known as krishnasar, has declined at the Khairapur-based Krishnasar Conservation Area (KCA) in Bardiya. Six blackbucks were killed by leopards at Tulsipur and Bechaipur within the past one month. Blackbucks are prone to leopard attacks once they visit other places in search of water.

Ranger Uttam Kumar Chaudhary at the KCA said that four among the recently killed blackbucks are two males and two females. He acknowledged that even though KCA patrol at night, they have failed to preserve the animals. “We are coordinating with concerned authorities to dot the leopards and send them to Bardiya National Park,” said Chaudhary.

Each year about two dozens black bucks are killed by animal attacks. Leopards from the nearby community forest usually prey on the protected animal. Poaching is also seen as a major concern.

There are 245 blackbucks in the KCA. Forty blackbucks were killed by flood in August. Conservationists predict that the number of blackbucks could reach 400 if they are protected from animal attacks.

Two years ago, conservation area management constructed a fence around the 10-km area at a cost of 20 million rupees to protect the blackbucks.


Published: 21-01-2015 09:20

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