Srinagar: A herd of endangered Hangul has been spotted in Dachigam National Park.
A video shot by the Wildlife department shows Hangul passing through snow-covered hills in Dachigam National Park. Experts said it suggests that the Hangul population has increased, though marginally.
“When I see a Hangul herd like this in Dachigam, future seems bright,” tweeted Raashid Naqash, Regional Wildlife Warden Kashmir.
Hangul, cervus elaphus hanglu, is a critically endangered species found mainly in the Dachigam National Park and its adjoining areas in Kashmir.
While the male Hangul is characterized by the antlers and brownish-red coat, the female does not have horns.
As per the 2021 census, the population of Hangul was 261. In 2019, the Hangul numbers were 237.