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Free Range Yaks Allowed To Roam

Fox News. August 19, 1999.

KATHMANDU. Nepal and China have renewed an agreement allowing their yaks to graze across their common borders, Foreign Secretary Murari Raj Sharma said Thursday.

"We have renewed the agreement which had remained inactive for some years,'' Sharma told Reuters. Sharma said the accord, which allows cross-frontier grazing for animals in Tibet and Nepal, was renewed in Beijing last week for a period of five years.

Nepali officials said yaks, mountain goats and sheep from each country can now cross over to the other side for grazing.

Covered with a thick coat of silky hair, yaks are domesticated mountain oxen widely used as beasts of burden to ferry loads in the Himalayas. Yaks are also used by thousands of foreign mountain climbers and trekkers to carry supplies and climbing gear in the high Himalayas. Mountain goats and sheep are raised for wool and meat.

Tucked in the central Himalayas between India and China, Nepal shares a 1,414-km (883-mile) common border with its northern neighbor.


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