Eight nets used for catching birds seized during drive to protect wildlife

Staffs of Kakching Range and Beat offices of both Pallel and Panjao jointly carried out a drive on Sunday at around 2 am at Lousipat, a wetland area.

As a part of the continuous drive to protect wildlife animals and birds, staffs of Kakching Range and Beat offices of both Pallel and Panjao jointly carried out a drive on Sunday at around 2 am at Lousipat, a wetland area and seized eight bird nets which were kept by unknown persons and rescued three birds.

Range Forest Officer of Kakching, Naorem Munal Meitei told the media at its Kakching Lamkhai office on Sunday that six birds including two rare egrets were found dead. The team could not arrest those miscreants as they had already escaped by taking the advantage of darkness, he added.

Munal further informed that as per a reliable source, some miscreants were catching birds by using nets during night time at Lousipat area amidst COVID-19 pandemic. The forest staff have been keeping strict vigilance at the said area since last midnight to arrest the miscreants but no one came and by dawn, the birds were rescued along with seizing eight nets, he added.

He also told with grief that the catching of birds by using nets had been reduced tremendously in the last years as many wildlife lovers, CVOs and publics of the state extended their help to protect wildlife. Moreover, the Forest department had been performing their best but taking advantage of COVID-19 lockdown, catching of birds by using nets is increasing in the last few months, said Munal.

He warned that if the forest department arrests those miscreants, they must pay Rs 25,000 as fine and will also be jailed for 3 years. He further appealed not to catch or kill wildlife animals, birds and the migratory birds.

“Wildlife animals and birds are our most precious gifts and assets to our mother earth. Let us all protect them for our future generations as human beings cannot survive alone without these animals and birds,” Munal said.

First Published:Nov. 15, 2020, 9:58 p.m.

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