Myagdi's musk deer in search of suitable habitat


14th Feb, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew


MYAGDI, Feb 14: Musk deer living in the mountain forests of Myagdi have started migrating to other areas due to increasing temperature and human activities.

Forest areas in Mudi, Lulang, Gurja, Kuinemangale, Dana and Muna VDCs are known as major habitats of musk deer. But with the rising temperature in the highland caused by climate change, human encroachment on forest areas and lack of sufficient diet, these herbivores animals have started leaving home grounds in search of suitable habitats, according to Babiyachaur-based Area Forest Office Chief  and environmentalist   Chandramani  Sapkota. This wildlife species prefers to live in a cold and peaceful atmosphere.

Musk deer is considered as one of the rare wildlife species in the world and Myagdi's musk deer have started migrating to the Dhorpatan Wildlife Reserve and forests in Dolpa, Rukum and Mustang in search of proper home and food, locals said.

Rising temperature and human encroachment on forest areas have put the wildlife available in the mountain forests here at a risk of existence,  Sapkota added.