RGU record 97 vultures at DEMWS, appeals govt intervention

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: A team of researchers from Ecology and wildlife biology unit, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Doimukh has recorded the highest numbers of vulture in DEMWS, till date.
The team has recorded total of 97 vultures from Sibia ghat region under Namsing forest range, DEMWS.The wake of vultures was comprised of 3 critically endangered species i.e. Long-billed vulture (Gyps indicus), Slender-billed vulture (Gyps tenuirostris), White-rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis) and 1 near threatened species Himalayan Griffon (Gyps himalayensis). According to Dr. Mize this is the highest recording of vultures in DEMWS so far, and it is a good sign for the wildlife conservationist as the vulture population has significantly increased at least in the sanctuary.
The team of scholars monitoring of vulture population trend in Arunachal Pradesh includes Jacob Ngukir, Abprez Thungwon Kimsing, Talo Biju and Tapak Tamir, under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Mize, Assistant Professor, RGU.
The team reports that Dr. Tagum Tamut, senior veterinary officer, Pasighat informed that the use of Diclofenac for livestock has been completely banned by the department of Veterinary hospital Pasighat and instead of it the safe drug Meloxicam is being in used.
“Diclofenac is an anti-inflammatory drug which was used for treatment of inflammation in cattle, is responsible for 97% – 99% population declining of vultures in India” informed the team.
Domek Koyu, Range Forest Officer, Namsing forest range, DEMWS told the team that the sanctuary is are giving full effort for the protection and conservation of these threatened species in our sanctuary.
While appreciating the conservational measures carried out by the DFO, DEMWS for the progressive growth of threatened vulture species and other fauna within the area of the sanctuary, it appealed the state government and locals to be more considerate and supportive towards the wildlife and forest officials of the state as they work hard with outdated equipment, no emergency medical assistance, few support or safety systems and little recognition of the hazards they face every day just to protect our forests, wildlife, rivers, wetlands and other natural ecosystems and resources. The team reported that the humid subtropical climatic condition, open grassland, dispersed tall trees cover are the favorable factors for the availability and survivability of vultures in the sanctuary.