Himalayan wolves form an evolutionary distinct wolf unique to the high altitude ecosystems of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau.

These wolves face many threats from illegal poaching due to depredation and traditional uses of body parts to habitat encroachment by livestock and associated decreasing wild prey populations. In this article we present observations on the denning ecology of Himalayan wolves in Nepal together with social surveys of the local mountain communities. A tempo-spatial overlap of wolf home sites used for denning and seasonal livestock herding during spring and summer in the Himalayan high altitude pasturelands promotes human-wolf conflict. We provide recommendations for Himalayan wolf conservation in Nepal and summarized the current legal basis present for this.

Conservation implications for the Himalayan wolf Canis (lupus) himalayensis based on observations of packs and home sites in Nepal is available open access in the journal Oryx.

Geraldine Werhahn, Naresh Kusi, Claudio Sillero-Zubiri, David W. Macdonald

Photos by Geraldine Werhahn

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