Monday, 28 November 2016

Snow Leopards of Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand  is a Hilly State in North India which has the mighty Himalayas nestled within it.

The Uttarakhand Forest Department has discovered the presence of critically endangered Snow Leopards in six valleys during a survey conducted to study the population of this Mysterious and Beautiful Big Cat Predator in the upper reaches of this Hilly State.

The 15 day survey in June 2015 -- the first in the state to map the population of this High Altitude Wild Cat was conducted in 16 valleys and evidence of its presence was found in 6 valleys.

Uttarakhand is one of 5 States in India where Snow Leopards have been sighted.

Their Presence has been earlier recorded on camera traps in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve also in Uttarakhand.

Snow Leopard Conservationists say, that the number of Snow Leopards has decreased over the years due to the receding snow line and rampant poaching in this Hilly State.

The lack of an actual numerical estimate of Snow Leopards in Uttarakhand created a hurdle in the State's inclusion in Project Snow Leopard launched by the Federal Indian Government in 2009.

But, this new finding brings a glimmer of hope to all snow leopard lovers within Uttarakhand and elsewhere.

Snow Leopards prefer steep rugged habitat with broken terrain, Cliffs, and Ravines.

Credits and References :

Snow Leopards spotted in 6 Valleys of Hilly Uttarakhand
By Nihi Sharma Sahani
Hindustan Times Mumbai,
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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