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| Last Updated:: 05/11/2019

Tahr and Goral to get protected areas in Jammu and Kashmir








The government of Jammu and Kashmir has approved two new protected areas in the Jammu region to conserve dwindling populations of wild mountain goats, the Tahr and the Goral, a media report has said. The new protected areas include the Bani Wildlife sanctuary spread over 100 sq km in Kathua district and Rajouri district’s Gambir Mughlan. The former is inhabited by the Tahr and the latter by the Goral. The two areas are also the habitat of the endangered musk deer, Himalayan Black and Brown bears and other species. Both goats are listed as 'Near Threatened' in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. After formal notification, the forest department will formally take steps to demarcate the boundaries of the two areas, the report said.