Kashmir Markhor lost both eyes in National park of Chitral
CHITRAL: An eight-year old male markhor was shifted to Peshawar
for treatment which had lost the sight of both eyes and had turned
blind for the last one week in the core zone of Chitral Gol
Divisional forest officer of Chitral Gol Wildlife Division,
confirmed to Chitral Times that the wild animal was sent to the
down district on the orders of conservator of wildlife when it did
not recover here for the last five days despite being given doses
He said that this was the first case in which the animal had
developed eye related disease and there was a need to diagnose it
properly to contain the disease in the park where it can be
contracted by the other markhors.
Meanwhile, the sending of the animal to down district for treatment
has become a bone of contention between the community and the
Talking to Chitral Times, the chairman of Chitral Gol National Park
Association (CGPA) Hussain Ahmed said that the DFO did not take the
association into confidence before sending it to Peshawar.
He apprehended that the disease was incurable as per his knowledge
and experience and the higher officers of the department will
devour its meat while the community was equally share holder in it
being its custodian.
Mr. Ahmed said that CGPA was the statutory body of the department
representing the community and was the umbrella organization of two
village conservation committees and it was mandatory for the DFO to
consult him before taking any such decision.
Regarding the rescue of the ailing animal, he said that two
community watchers had spotted the animal five days and removed it
to the wildlife hut inside the park and reported to the park
He alleged that the DFO tried to conceal the matter from the local
community for so many days and sent it outside the district with
any legal authority.
When a local veterinary doctor was contacted, he said the eye
ailment leading to blindness can be either by nutrition or nerves
breakdown and in case of the former, it is curable and it was a
right step on the part of the department to send it to Peshawar for