Extinct Son Kutta or Jungle dogs will be searched in Corbett after 22 years, were killed in 1978
Some wildlife like the extinct Son Kutta or Jungle dogs has been sighted in Corbett National Park. The park administration is going to start a large-scale search to find them
Some wildlife like the extinct Son Kutta or Jungle dogs has been sighted in Corbett National Park. The park administration is going to start a large-scale search to find them. In the year 1978, there is a mention of Son dogs in the forest in the records of the Forest Department. Officials suspect that there may be wild Son dogs in the park even today. It is worth noting that due to the attack on human beings, these wild dogs, which are very dangerous by nature, have been ordered to kill by the government, since then they are almost extinct from the forests of Uttarakhand.
Son dogs were in large quantities in the forests of Uttarakhand including Corbett Park till 1978. Especially in Corbett, their flocks were seen. Wildlife expert AG Ansari told that Son dogs were so fierce that they started attacking humans besides cattle. Seeing such incidents, the government even announced a reward for those who killed them. Since then it has almost become extinct from the forests and was not seen in Corbett for a long time. Now Corbett Director Rahul told that in some places in the park including Dhela, wildlife like Son dog has been seen. Although it is not been confirmed now that they are Son dogs due to the long distance from where they spotted. Large-scale research is going to start for their discovery. Under this, Son dogs will be detected by installing cameras in the forest. Their identity, number and habit will be traced through trap cameras. There is every possibility of them being in the park.
Son dogs will be protected after the search
Park director Rahul told that if the presence of a wild dog was found in Corbett, they will be preserved. Finding out the number of dogs will prevent them from entering the population. They come out of the park for cattle hunting even though there is no dearth of prey in Corbett.
Know this too
Sonkutta or Vanjukkur is a wild animal of the family of dogs, which is found in South Asia and Southeast Asia. It is the only living creature of its species, which differs from dogs in teeth. It is now declared an endangered species by the international organization. Their numbers have declined sharply due to their habitat, lack of prey, competition from other predators, and perhaps the spread of disease from domestic or other wild dogs.
Son dogs live in large herds and are often divided into smaller groups for hunting. Like African wild dogs, they allow the cubs to eat the prey first after the hunt.
Son dogs are generally afraid of humans, but their herds do not hesitate to attack human babies, wild boars, wild buffaloes and even tigers. It is presently found in the forests of Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand etc.