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Street dogs, jackal kill at least 300 Himalayan goats in upper Mustang

MYAGDI:  Stray dogs and jackals killed at least 300 Himalayan goats in upper Mustang, making a huge loss to the farmers. Farmer Nima Dhinduk Gurung said that over 300 Himalayan goats were killed in Chhoser VDC during the last three months in the attacks of the stray dogs and jackals.

Gurung said the stray dogs and jackals chase the goats and kill in the pasture land while the locals take the goats for grazing.

Gurung said the new-born goats are the main prey to the street dogs and jackals.

Gurung said, “At least seven goats have been killed from each house. We are compelled to rethink on best alternative to goat rearing due to terror of stray dogs and jackals.”

Goat rearing is the main occupation as well as the main source of income for the people of upper Mustang.

Gurung said that they were facing difficulties to control the stray dogs and jackals as killing them with poison would have an adverse effect on snow leopards.

Similarly, the stray dogs and jackals have even attacked horses and cows.

Nima Tsering Gurung of Kagbeni said the stray dogs and jackals have even terrorized the farmers in Chhonhup, Lho-Manthang, Surkhang, Chhusang and Kagbeni too.

The farmers have expressed dissatisfaction towards the lack of seriousness of the District Livestock Office against the stray dogs and jackals.

However, veterinary technician Aita Bahadur Thakali said the office was ready to extend technical support to the farmers if the locals formally seek assistances. RSS

Published Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2012 | 12:25 AM

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