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Will dhole packs continue roaming the forests of the Western Ghats?

Updated : March 28, 2019 06:07 PM IST

A recent study has discovered a reduction in dhole occupancy in Karnataka’s Western Ghats, from 62 percent in 2007 to 54 percent in 2015.
Massive infrastructural initiatives in the area, human intrusion in protected zones, change in land-use pattern, forest fragmentation and loss of forest cover are some of the reasons for the decline in dhole population, write the researchers.
Researchers advocate the development of eco-sensitive zones that buffer the boundaries of protected reserves, which can help fragmented populations of forest-dependent species remain connected.
Will dhole packs continue roaming the forests of the Western Ghats?

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