Chitwan, May 26
The sole adult male gharial crocodile (Gavialis gangeticus) of the Chitwan National Park was found dead getting trapped into a big fishing net.
According to the CNP Chief Conservation Officer Ram Chandra Kandel, the gharial was found dead with its snout trapped in a big fishing net at Khoriya on Thursday.
The carcass was buried yesterday itself.
Rapti and Narayani rivers were the home to the reptile.
Though the use of a big fishing nets has been banned, its illegal use has not stopped yet.
The death of the male crocodile will certainly affect the crocodile breeding, CNP information officer Nurendra Aryal said.
In case of the CNP, the gharial is considered a relatively rare species than other species of crocodile and the park has established a crocodile breeding centre here to conserve large aquatic reptiles.