Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'
Ever the opportunist, a feral dog feeds on a still struggling blackbuck that had earlier been injured by a vehicle. Unless we have the courage to tackle the growing menace to wildlife from both vehicles and feral dogs head on, many rare and endangered species will continue to suffer.
We had been on a visit to Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar, in 2016. While on safari, we observed this blackbuck which was injured after getting hit by a vehicle. While it was struggling to walk, a stray dog spotted it and followed the blackbuck until the latter collapsed. The dog began feeding on the blackbuck while it was still alive.
Blackbuck National Park in Velavadar has a healthy population of blackbuck that also roam outside the protected area, and are seen in fields and villages. The proximity of the park to human habitation makes it easy for stray dogs to venture inside. The Gujarat Forest Department keeps a vigil to ensure that dogs are kept out, but they continue to be a menace, chasing and hunting blackbuck often.