Wild beasts thrive in Arunachal Wildlife Sanctuary

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HT Correspondent

PASIGHAT (Arunachal Pradesh), March 31: Daying Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary in eastern Arunachal, which is known for its rich diversity of wild animals, birds and reptiles, has been reviving in the recent past due to intensified patrolling in and around the sanctuary.
‘Aaranyak’, a Guwahati based environmental NGO, which recently conducted camera trapping in the sanctuary has revealed that mammalian species including hog deer, sambar, barking deer, hares, wild boars, wild buffalo, elephants and primates are seen thriving in the sanctuary. Moreover, movement of some carnivorous animals including Big Cat species during night hours has also been recorded during survey.
Pasighat Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) Tasang Taga informed that Aranyak members, who were conducting survey on animal diversity with their natural habitats in the state, has completed their study in Daying Ering sanctuary. They toiled in hilly deep jungles and riverine islands of the area for study about suitable habitat of the wild beasts.
“The Aranyak team conducted camera trapping in Daying Ering sanctuary and its adjacent reserve forests, but yet to disclose their detailed findings to the department. They will submit the data with wildlife experts for proper analysis and formulation of conservation policy”, DFO Taga informed.
Earlier too, officials of WWF conducted camera trapping survey in the sanctuary in 2013 and traced survival of many wild animals therein.
Located at about 15 km South-east from oldest Arunachal town Pasighat, the sanctuary is considered as key factor for restoring ecological balance in the region, besides providing safety to the animals of Poba Reserve Forest in bordering Assam. It covers 190 sq km area of the erstwhile Lali Wildlife Sanctuary, which subsequently renamed as Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary in October, 1986.
But, regular entry of domesticated cattle from the lower parts of the sanctuary (Assam side) during dry the season, sometimes create problems for the herbivorous animals to graze and also spreads foot and mouth diseases to wild animals. Moreover, entry of poachers through water ways time to time is a posing a problem for the department to protect the animals, said the wildlife officials.
“It is very difficult to guard the wildlife sanctuary with numerous islands and water bodies by the limited armed staffs. Moreover, complex geographical location of the sanctuary with open boundary at lower portion (Anchalghat range) is adding the problems”, the wildlife officials lamented.
The officials however, claimed to have revived the earlier glory of the wildlife sanctuary after curving down the hunting and poaching activities therein over last five years. The wildlife sanctuary is reportedly home to an endangered species of Vultures and Bengal florican.

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