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Mysterious disease eating up trees in chitral national park

CHITRAL: The mysterious disease that has caused drying up of thousands of deodar trees in Chitral Gol National Park has not attracted the attention of wildlife department during the last 10 years, Dawn news reported.

A number of residents of the area said that the dried up national trees (deodar) were seen in every part of the park but its management was making no effort to diagnose the disease to eradicate it.

They said that the disease affected the national park, which housed the national tree, national animal (markhor) and national bird (chakor). Any delay in putting brakes on the disease could spell doom not only for the valuable deodar trees but also afflict other important high-altitude species, they added.

A conservationist working with a non-governmental organisation, requesting anonymity, said that the disease could affect the rich biodiversity in the national park area if effective preventive and curative measures were not taken.

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