Assessment of threats to blackbuck Antilope cervicapra (Linn) in sorsan grassland, Rajasthan, India
Renu Meena, Ram Prakash Saran, Veena Chourasia
The decreasing natural resources lead to conflicts and threats to the wild population. The cause of threat to the population of blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) at Sorsan is due to developmental work and human encroachment of grassland area. Human population pressure and change in the land use pattern has further restricted the habitat of blackbuck. There is competition between blackbuck and cattle stock for grazing and territory. Blackbuck cause heavy damage to the crops and thus come in direct conflict with the inhabitants. Sorsan is very close to the National Highway, many animals meet accident while crossing the road. Illegal hunting and poaching is another threat to the blackbuck population of Sorsan.