Insurgency benefits Kashmir wildlife

snow leopardMy heart aches for what Kashmir has had to endure in the past three decades. I visited it in 1975, and remember its warm, smiling people and idyllic surroundings. But, according to a recent BBC News article by Binoo Joshi, the insurgency has contributed to one bright spot for wildlife in Kashmir. Native wildlife has apparently seen a 20%-60% rise, thanks to a dramatic drop in poaching and hunting. The authorities have ordered people to hand firearms and weapons overto them. There is also a general lack of willingness to venture into the forests by locals lest they fall prey to militant fire or attacks.

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