Wildlife under threat from poachers
Wild life is under a threat from poachers in Mewar.
Wildlife in Mewar region is under a threat from poachers. There are very few security guards as a result poachers’ task becomes easy.
Mewar has become an easy target for poachers. Every other day, wildlife is facing injuries due to traps set for them. Forest department has found many such traps in the forests and have even come across trapped and wounded animals. Many such animals have been rescued by the forest department. It is really sad that poachers are yet to be identified.
Ironically, each case gets registered in the name of some unidentified criminal and ultimately file gets closed due to lack of or no evidences. Not a single poacher has been nabbed in the past one year but the incidents of their activities are on the rise. Forest employees say that they have neither been trained for such investigations nor do they have enough resources for the same.
Leopards are abundant in Mewar. There are many other species of wild animals but not enough staff to watch over them. Since forests are dense, villagers do not frequent these routes. There is no possibility of support from villagers. It is also a known fact that villagers do not contact forest department even if they know about poachers. This is because leopard attacks are very common in this region and villagers are almost relieved to get rid of them via poachers.
The only possibility of keeping wild life safe from poachers is by appointing more staff or forest guards. They must be provided proper resources to handle situations. Rural networking must also be strengthened. For this if a leopard kills any cattle, the owner must be compensated immediately to maintain faith and gain his co-operation. Rural areas must be made aware of the importance of wild life. Forest guards must be trained from time to time to deal with emergencies like poacher activities.