Bird poaching gets rampant in Tripura

Hindustan Times , Monday, January 17, 2005
Correspondent : Surajit Talukdar
Bird poachers in and around the vast Dambur Lake in Tripura's southern region, which plays host to a plethora of migratory birds, have come up with a novel concept for capturing birds in throngs.The locals cordon off the sky around the lake with kite strings forcing the birds into it, and fatally injuring them.Birds of different common Indian varieties to migratory species like Siberian cranes and teals are being rampantly killed by poachers in Tripura's southern region, where the lake is located, with little regard to the Indian wildlife protection laws.

The flesh of birds is considered a delicacy in the state and fetches reasonably good prices in the market. The local residents as well as the tribal people hunt them for a living.Of late, the killings have become more widespread, owing to the fact that the forest officials cannot get involved in the matter as the lake is under the jurisdiction of the fisheries department.

SOURCE : Hindustan Times, Monday, January 17, 2005

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