A rare Musk deer who had come down from the nearby forests following recent snowfall, was spotted and captured by locals in Gagengar area of Sonamarg in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district on Monday and later handed over to wildlife authorities.
Sources said that the musk deer was spotted in the Gagengar area on Monday afternoon by some locals who somehow managed to capture it. The locals, reports said, informed the wildlife authorities who took the deer to Pahalgam Wildlife Park.
" As soon as we got the information about the presence of a musk deer in Gagengar area, we rushed to the spot and rescued the musk deer," Range officer wildlife Ganderbal, Shams Ud Din Ahmed told Greater Kashmir.
He further said that the musk deer was shifted to Pahalgam later. Pertinent to mention, it is believed that a captured wild animal mostly dies. However sources said that the surviving chances of the wild animal captured are very less as they averse to close contact with human.
"Last year a musk deer was captured in Preng area of Kangan by locals, however he died soon after he was shifted to the wildlife park by wildlife officials" they added.
" The chances of survival lessen due to human intervention. Such animals are very sensitive and once kept in human captivity die mostly, however luckily the musk deer captured in Gagengar area is alive and fine, " the official said.
He further said that they have kept the musk deer in Pahalgam wildlife zoo which is the best suitable habitat for such animals and are monitoring the animal. He said that the habitat of such animals are confined to forests and upper areas.
Notably, Musk deer is the most endangered of all the species of deer. One of the main reasons for this is that they are highly poached for their musk.
It was and is still one of the most expensive animal products in the world.
Pertinently, three persons were arrested and a case was registered against them for allegedly killing a musk deer in Sonamarg area and later selling its meat last year.