WPD seeks help to protect migratory birds flocking Kashmir wetlands
Srinagar, Nov 21:
As migratory birds start flocking wetlands in Jammu and Kashmir, the Wildlife
Protection Department (WPD) has sought assistance from the forest protection
force and the police to prevent hunting, poaching, capturing and selling of the
Lakhs of birds
start arriving in the valley from the first week of November as Kashmir
provides them a comparatively hospitable alternate habitat compared to the
extreme freezing conditions in their natural habitats in Siberia, China, Japan
and other countries in the northern hemisphere.
public is informed that hunting, poaching, capturing and selling of migratory
birds is punishable under Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Any person
venturing to hunt, poach, capture or sell these birds is liable to a jail term
of one year along with fine up to Rs 10,000,” WPD said in a statement
It said the
hunting, poaching, capturing or sale of these birds is non-bailable and
department seeks assistance from the forest protection force and the local
police to prevent hunting, poaching, capturing and selling of these migratory
birds in the wetlands of Kashmir,” the statement said.
It said these
birds are enlisted in various schedules of Indian Wildlife Protection Act and
receive complete protection against hunting, poaching, capturing and selling.
The birds found
in the wetlands include migratory ducks and geese which include Brahminy Duck,
Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Garganey, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Common Merganser,
Northern Pintail, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Red-Crested Pochard,
Ruddy Shelduck, Northern Shoveler, Common Teal, and Eurasian Wigeon.