Imphal: Except in western part of Khoidumpat (a lake) the number of migratory bird visiting in Kakching district of Manipur is drastically diminished as compared to the past years.
This was highlighted by range forest officer, Kakching N. Munal Meitei after conducting drive against bird poaching at different lakes in the district on Sunday.
With the objective to save and protect migratory birds from the hands of bird hunters Kakching Range forest officials with its Beat offices staff have been taking up drives day and night against bird poaching in the district since November 1.
In continuation of drive the forest officials took up drives at Loushipat, Kharungpat, Khoidumpat and Pumlenpat on Sunday beginning from the previous night.
Not a single bird catching net was found during the drive. This is a big success of the forest department’s effort and support to it by the people, Munal told reporters.
The forest officer had cautioned to take up legal action to farmland owners if bird traps are found laid at their farms.
It is unfortunate that very less number of migratory birds are witnessed in the district. This is a tragedy for Manipur that has been a destination for migratory birds, Munal said.
The visit of migratory birds in the land is a natural cycle. Poaching of them is against humanity and a big crime against environment, he added.
He reminded that farmland owners are liable to send to jail for three months or pay a fine of Rs 25, 000 or both if bird traps are found in their farms.
He appealed to the people to love the migratory birds and to help protect them.