Free Ranging Dogs — A Serious Threat to Wildlife in PAs

Anirban Roy Chowdhury


During my visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo National Park), Rajasthan, in February (2019), I had the opportunity to witness a rather ghastly moment in the wild.

A female spotted deer, which was apparently ill and was unable to move was killed by two feral dogs. When I reached the spot, I could see them feeding on the carcass.

These dogs also chased a spotted deer fawn which was able to escape to live another day due to intervention of the forest guards and rickshaw guides of Bharatpur.

Feral dogs with predatory behaviour are a growing threat to the wildlife in the protected areas which does not seem to have any practical solution at present.

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Anirban Roy Chowdhury

Anirban is a wildlife enthusiast and a wildlife photographer.


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