It is an indication of how much locals are worried about dog attacks that the deeply religious people here, who usually do not harm animals, have started requesting the authorities to poison rampant dogs. This is against what doctors believe in and practice, and hence was denied.
Luckily, with the Covid-19 pandemic tapering off, there is a trickle of trekkers. With more food available, the number of dog bite cases at the health posts in the Khumbu is going down noticeably.
This behavioral change in Khumbu’s dogs should be studied in more detail but what we witnessed first hand was thousands of years of domestication fading away in a matter of months, as a result of food deprivation, an interesting side effect of the whole Covid-19 pandemic.
Abhyu Ghimire is a Medical Officer at The Mountain Medical Institute at Namche Bazar and Dingboche in Solu Khumbu.