HAFLONG, June 3 � The Department of Forest & Environment, Dima Hasao district rescued a serow (wild goat), an endangered species from Harangajao area on Sunday.
The range of Capricornis rubidus is not well known, partly because of confusion with another red serow found in adjacent territories to the west in Assam and Bangladesh, and the fact that all serows can show varying amounts of red and black colouration. True rubidus specimens have black hair base rather than white.
In Northeast India, serows attributed to Capricornis sumatraensis rubidus apparently occur south of the river Brahmaputra in the hilly tracts of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura (Green, 1987). However, in this assessment, these animals are considered to be Capricornis thar, pending further information. Mention may be made here this species of the serow is found in Laisong, Harangajao areas, but as there is no restriction on hunting, the population of this species has decreased drastically.