Wildlife Trust team visits Nagaland
A Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) team, led by its Director Vivek Menon, visited Pangti village under Wokha district, accompanied by Nagaland Chief Wildlife Warden (CWW) T Lotha.
The other members included officers and staff of Nagaland Wildlife Wing and Steve Odyuo, founder of Natural Nagas, a local NGO working for wildlife conservation in the area.
Official sources said here today the reason for the visit was to monitor the situation related to mass hunting and killing of endangered migratory birds Amur Falcon, especially at Pangti village.
During the visit last Sunday, the team interacted with village elders to get facts and find ways and means to protect and conserve wildlife habitat of the area in partnership with the villagers through the local NGO, Natural Nagas.
The team also visited the Amur falcon (falcon amurensis) roosting sites near the Doyang Hydro Project area and held discussions with the local stakeholders before going to Sungro Town where a meeting with elders and Gaon Burhas of Pangti and Okotso villages and elders and Gaon Burhas of Sungro Town was convened.
At the meeting Mr Lotha impressed upon the elders and Gaon Burhas on the importance of and need for conservation of wildlife and its habitats. He further said the government alone cannot achieve any target of preservation without support from the public which include NGOs, Research Organizations and the active involvement of the village community.
Mr Menon assured the gathering that WTI will make sincere efforts to work with the villagers in partnership with Natural Nagas for protection of the species.
In a clarification on instances of the killing of the endangered birds and the alleged apathy of the concerned Forest department concerned, Wildlife Wing of the State Forest Department today maintained that it has been tirelessly trying to control hunting and killing of the migratory birds along with support from the administration and the village community.