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The Status of the Endemic Chiltan (Wild Goat) Markhor in Hazarganji Chiltan National Park, and Identification of Negative Incentives and Proposing Positive Needed Actions

Zarthasha Yousaf, Nosheen Rafique, Syed Inamullah, Mohammed Yousaf Khan, Yahya Khan, Mohammad Niaz Khan Kakar, Nazeer Ahmed, Hasina Naz, Maryam Siraj, Shazia Gull

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Int. J. Biosci.20(5), 87-94, May 2022

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/20.5.87-94

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This research primarily aimed to investigate the population status, population pattern growth, exploration of negative factors that resists their population and establishment of positive actions for maintenance of Chiltan Markhor in Hazarganji Chiltan National Park. Data was collected directly from the local community, wildlife department and from the Forest Department officials through occasional meetings and surveys. Result showed that the population of Markhor was found to be increasing from 1975 till 2008 and then their population density declined drastically making in consideration number of anthropogenic and environmental factors such as drought, climatic factors, food unavailability and rise in hunting. Thus, it is recommended that continuous surveys conduction, taxonomic status determination of flora and fauna of the park, implication of wildlife legislatives against overhunting, proper vaccinations, determination of species distribution and habitats hotspots through GIS database and analysis of proper genetic makeup for crossing with domestic goats are necessary from zoological point of view in order to restore the Markhor population in the park and round about territories.

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The Status of the Endemic Chiltan (Wild Goat) Markhor in Hazarganji Chiltan National Park, and Identification of Negative Incentives and Proposing Positive Needed Actions

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