Declining population of sheep at Sakteng in northern Trashigang of Bhutan has forced the residents to import wool from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh of India. The reason is peculiar to the area. Aggressive canines hunt the sheep at dark.
Those who rear sheep for the production of wool have now found it difficult and instead turn to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh of India for importing wool.
Five years back the picture was quite different. The herders were happy and used to earn a lot by rearing sheep and producing wool. But as their sheep fell prey to stray and wild dogs during night, it became difficult for them to continue the traditional practice of sheep rearing for wool production.
Whether it is summer or winter, when the herders take their sheep, wild and stray dogs prey on them. Since the herders cannot produce wool they are compelled to import expensive wool from India.
The herders have taken up the issue of compensation with the administration. But they have never been compensated for the loss of their sheep due to canine attack.