Unique conservation method uses compassion, forgiveness to save Indian wolf

A view of the first shandong - a traditional wolf trap - that was neutralised in June 2018 in Ladakh's Chushul valley. PHOTO: KARMA SONAM
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KOCHI - Until about six years back, livestock herder Tashi Phuntsog had an adversarial relationship with wolves.

Like others in Ladakh, a mountainous region in northern India, he would trap these predators in specially designed conical pits known as shandongs and stone them to death - a traditional practice among herders here to protect their livestock and for which they were even feted.

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