‘Unfettered cattle grazing posing grave threat to DEWS’

‘Unfettered cattle grazing posing grave threat to DEWS’

Correspondent 

PASIGHAT, Apr 1: A team of researchers from Tiger Research and Conservation Division of an NGO, Aranyak led by Dr Kalloli Dutta have been carrying out sign survey and camera trapping in D Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary from last two months and camera data have revealed a good number of animals’ presence in the Sanctuary.

The team carried out their work under the project to study the corridors and connectivity in protected areas of upper Brahmaputra valley, concluded its study and research work in the Sanctuary.

As per the team Aranyak, the camera trap photos revealed presence of elephant, hog deer, sambar, barking deer as well as macaques and porcupines in the sanctuary. “Further analysis of the same will reveal their probable distribution and habitat suitability, more of the results are awaited,” said Dr Kalloli Dutta who toiled around the riverine island and its forest areas in the sanctuary from last two months.

“It is important to mention that during the work period, the officials of the Sanctuary like previous DFO, Rini Riba and present DFO, Tasang Taga have been extremely generous in extending their help and support for successful completion of all activities,” said a senior researcher from Aranyak, Firoz Ahmed.

However, the researchers have found the cattle grazing inside the sanctuary from Assam and illegal hunting activities as huge threat to the D Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary. The NGO remarked that some invasive plant species continue to be a problem in most areas.

Ahmed discloses that Aranyak is ready to present the result of the research works and camera trap data to a small group of key people either at Pasighat and Itanagar or both to ensure that the DEWS gets its due importance for future conservation.

Meanwhile, DFO D Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary has appreciated the effort initiated by team Aranyak and given open invitation to all other NGOs willing to help the sanctuary to carry out research works on re-introduction of Royal Bengal Tiger and introduction of Rhinos in the DEWS. “I am hoping that, with the collective supports from NGOs, experts and like-minded, interested persons from fringe villages of DEWS will help the sanctuary revive its lost glory,” said the DFO.

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