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Unauthorized helicopter flights pose risk to Sagarmatha Park wildlife


 Solukhumbu–The Sagarmatha National Park officials recently seized two ‘drone cameras’ as they were being flown inside from the park premises without permission.

According to Park chief Bhumiraj Upadhyay, the advanced cameras were confiscated from the Jorsalle and Dole areas. The Park management is preparing to send them to the Department concerned.

Use of camera including drone without permission is unlawful, but the law is being violated by some people. In the past, the Park used to seize materials meant for ambushing the wildlife for poaching, but to date of the current fiscal year, no such materials have been found.

The Park that was established in 1976 covers a total area of 1,148 square kilometres. The world’s highest mountain peak Sagarmatha(Mount Everest) measuring 8,848 meters height, peaks above 8,000 meters such as Lhotse 8,516 meters , Cho Oyu 8,188 meters and peaks Nupse , Pumori, Amadablam and Thamsarku are the parts of the Sagarmatha Camp.

Here lie four major valleys named Gokyo, Khumbu, Chhukum and Nangapa which remain as tourist destinations. Gokyo and Associated Lake were put in the Ramsar list in 2007.

The Park is home to several species of animals and birds including musk dear, mountain bear, snow leopard, tahr, lophophorous, bloo

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