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Mudumalai Tiger Reserve



Source: TH

 Context: In Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Asiatic wild dogs are affected by mange disease, likely spread by feral dogs.


About Mange Disease 

It is a skin disease caused by mite infestations, leading to inflammation, itching, and hair loss. It can be severe, caused by Sarcoptes scabiei mites, which also cause human scabies. It affects various domestic animals and spreads through direct contact or contaminated objects. Treatment is available in most forms.


About Asiatic wild dogs: 

It is also called Indian wild dogs, and are found in forests across central, south, and southeast Asia. They’re known by various names like red wolf or mountain wolf. They’re clustered in India’s Western and Eastern Ghats, central Indian landscape, and North East India. They’re endangered according to the IUCN Red List, protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, and listed under CITES Appendix II.


About Mudumalai Tiger Reserve  

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve is located in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu state at the tri-junction of three states, viz, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (1st Biosphere Reserve in India). The Reserve has tall grasses, commonly referred to as ‘Elephant Grass’