Awareness meet on wildlife protection held

RAMSING, Jun 10: The Jengging wildlife division on Saturday conducted an awareness meet at Ramsing village in Upper Siang district as part of its efforts to protect the wildlife in Mouling National Park.
Sources in the wildlife department informed that the division has been conducting a series of awareness meetings on wildlife conservation, covering six fringe villages of the national park, which is surrounded by parts of three districts – Upper Siang, Siang and West Siang.
Addressing the meet here, which was organized by local youths, Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) Boken Pao asked the fringe villagers to stop hunting and poaching wild animals and birds in their area. Explaining the ecological role of wild beasts and natural flora and fauna, the DFO affirmed that survival of the wild animals, birds and natural forests would provide livelihood to future generations as well.
Yingkiong ADC Adong Pertin urged the villagers to join hands with the forests & wildlife department in protecting the biodiversity of their area, while Upper Siang SP E Bagra told them about legal penalties on hunting and poaching offenses.
Jengging Circle Officer Dubom Apang, former ZPM Bodak Jongkey, gaon burahs and panchayat leaders also spoke.
The wildlife department also distributed 100 solar lamps among selected beneficiaries.
The department had conducted a similar meeting at Yiibuk village near Mouling National Park – the most remote village of Siang district – in April this year.
The department has also published a booklet depicting the road map and biodiversity of the national park, for the convenience of tourists and researchers.