Save Hangul

This refers to the news titled "Hangul poached in Dachigam Park" (GK Jan 22). Hangul (Cervus elaphus hanglu) is the only surviving race of Red Deer Family of Europe in the sub-continent. Hangul is also the state animal of Kashmir. But unfortunately it is on the verge of extinction as it has been already listed critically endangered by IUCN. It pained me to know about the recent poaching of this beautiful creature. The poachers find it easy to hunt Hangul as it migrates to the lower Dachigam National Park during winters. Wildlife is the heritage of Kashmir. The Wildlife Department cannot protect this animal alone unless and until people, especially the locals in the area support them. There is an immediate need to create awareness among the people about the importance of Hangul. Holding seminars on conservation of wildlife in general and Hangul in particular is the need of the hour. Every citizen of Kashmir has the responsibility to make efforts to save this beautiful animal.
M.Raashid Wani
Research Scholar
Zoology Department, KU

Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Jan 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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