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The Bihar government has announced that it will not cull the Blue Bull, locally known as the nilgai or ghurparas, anymore. It will, instead, sterilise them to control their increasing population in the state.

  • The nilgai is the largest Asian antelope and is ubiquitous across the northern Indian subcontinent.
  • The nilgai is the sole member of the genus Boselaphus and placed in the family Bovidae.
  • Sexual dimorphism is prominent; the males are larger than females and differ in colouration.
  • It occurs in India, Nepal, and Pakistan. Significant numbers occur in the Terai lowlands in the foothills of the Himalayas.
  • It is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent.
  • IUCN status: Least Concern.