Hunting in the Himalaya : Naur Hunting may come to reality - Nepalee.Com

Hunting in the Himalaya : Naur Hunting may come to reality

KATHMANDU, OCT 14, 2011- Nepal a well preserved wildlife and Natural resources are being waste due to lack of rightful laws and its strict compliance. There are thousands of resources can be used for the development of local community or even to the nation, such as one horned rhinos, royal Bengal tigers, wild deer, naurs, and many more. In a recent bid to utilize natural resources by a conservation area in eastern Nepal, government is willing to allow professional hunters to hunt some of the Naur (Himalayan Blue sheep in the wild) for a high royalty.

Naur hunters must be an elated lot following a decision of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) to give a nod to a proposal that allows game hunters to legally hunt Himalayan blue sheep in the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area (KCA).

The proposal, however, is yet to get final approval from the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MoFSC). The government is planning to issue licenses to hunt around 12 naurs inside this protected area in the following year.

Once the MoFSC endorses the DNPWC proposal, the KCA will become the second trophy hunting destination for hunters after the Baglung-based Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve (DHR).

KCA, located in Taplejung district, is the first protected area being managed by local communities.

DNPWC Director General Krishna Chandra Acharya said the department has forwarded the proposal to the ministry concerned for final approval by making necessary changes following a request from the KCA management to legalize hunting of naurs.

In July this year, KCA had submitted the proposal along with necessary guidelines to the DNWPC in view of an increasing number of professional hunters. The major objective of the document is to promote sustainable conservation while providing economic benefits for the local communities involved in bio-diversity conservation.

Of the four valleys selected as habitats of blue sheep in the KCA during a census conducted in 2010, Yangma and Lelep have recorded a good population of around 1,500 naurs and are likely to be potential sites for hunting.

According to Acharya, it is the right time to diversify the income sources for the local communities who have been actively taking part in conservation of valuable flora and fauna for years. “As the population of blue sheep is found satisfactory particularly in the two valleys located inside the protected area, the permission to allow game hunting with strict regulations will not affect the conservation of this important animal,” he said.

Meanwhile, even after the recommendation from DNPWC, MoFSC is taking time to seal the proposal, said an official at the ministry, requesting anonymity. “It is the continuation of an old tradition of sitting on proposals in the ministry,” he said.

Over Population of wild animals sometime create great problems to the community where as they can’t kill them legally but suffering from their corps and other assets are being destroyed.

Source: KOL

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