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Bison population up in Chitwan

Bison population up in Chitwan

Recent count has recorded increased number of Indian Bison - Gaur in Chitwan National park, a natural heritage sites enlisted by UNESCO.  
The park's Assistant Conservation Officer Nurendra Aryal siad that 56 more Indian bisons, also known as gaur, were found in the latest count this year. 
"The latest count conducted in April this year shows that there are now 368 gaur in the national park, up from 321 as per the previous count in 2011." Out of which 113 are males and 148 are females. Sex of 105 is yet to be be identified. 


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125 technicians were deployed with 25 elephants for the census. The team divided in 13 blocks used head count methods for the census. According to Aryal, the method is useful in finding the status of a particular species and devise an appropriate strategy for its protection. 
The national park's Chief conservation Officer Ramchandra Kandel expressed happiness at the increase in gaur population over the 5 years, and attributed the same to the fact that the park is a suitable habitat for the animals, and poaching has now been completely curbed. 
The Gaur lives in sal forests at a moderate attitude, especially on the Chure range. The animals are also found in Parsa Wildlife Reserve, where its population has reached 112, against only 21 back in 2011.

With the length up to 340 cm and weight up to 1,500 kg, Bison is the largest wild cattle species in the world. In Nepal, the gaur is listed as protected animal, as vulnerable in IUCN Red Data Book, and is listed in Appendix I of CITES. There are only 1,000 Bison (Gaur) left in the world. The cause of the decline is over-hunting, habitat destruction and transmission of diseases of domestic cattle like rinederpest, anthrax and other foot and mouth diseases.  


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