In Lumbini province of Nepal, 67 vultures have been found dead. An official said that a Himalayan Griffon vulture has been found ill in the area. Currently, this bird is being treated.
As many as 67 vultures of different species have been found dead on Wednesday in the Nawalparasi district of Nepal’s Lumbini province (Lumbini). These vultures were found dead near a local pond in Jeetpur area of the district. Bharat Kafle, head of the District Livestock Services Specialist Office, said that the 33 vultures among the dying vultures, 31 Himalayan Griffons, two cinereous vultures and one salander-billed vulture. Kafle said that the investigation of the case is going on to find out the reason for the death of the vultures.
Bharat Kafle said that a Himalayan Griffon vulture has been found ill in the area. Currently, this bird is being treated. On the other hand, where the vultures have been found dead, the bodies of two dogs have also been recovered. The bodies of two other dogs were also recovered in a sack nearby. Dev Bahadur Rana, Project Officer of Conservation Bird Nepal, said that preliminary investigation shows that the vultures died after hunting the bodies of the dogs. These dogs may have been poisoned to kill. He said that samples have been collected from the spot and they have been sent to Kathmandu for examination.
The municipality does not know who poisoned the dogs
According to the news of the Kathmandu Post, a local person told that we were surprised to see dozens of dead vultures lying on the ground. This is very bad news for bird conservation in Nepal. Locals suspect that the dogs were fed poisoned food. However, the municipality says that he was unaware of the killing of stray dogs. Municipal officer Rajesh Panthi said, the local unit has not started any program for the management of stray dogs. We do not know who was involved in poisoning the dogs. The police should investigate the matter.
Nepal emphasizes on the conservation of vultures
The government and various organizations have started various programs in their efforts to conserve the vulture population. Vulture restaurants have been established in many places, where they are provided with safe food, so that their population can increase. Similarly, a vulture conservation and breeding center was established in Chitwan National Park in 2008 in Kasara.
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