Officials of the Daporijo Forest division in the Upper Sunasiri district of Arunachal Pradesh seized a number of wildlife carcasses from the Daporijo market.
The Divisional Forest Officer (T) of Daporiji, Boken Pao, informed that their patrolling team conducted an operation against hunting and selling of wildlife meat in Daporijo town market at around 2 pm on Tuesday.
During the operation, the forest team was able to seize the wild carcasses including a large Indian Cibet, a hog deer, two flying squirrels and two jungle fowls from the daily market, the DFO (T) said.
The team, however, could not nab the wildlife trader, who fled from the spot.
The forest officials later burnt the carcasses at the marketplace in the presence of the people.
The DFO was accompanied by Taliha Range RFO Tapa Muso, Daporijo RFO Tajit Ebiya and other forest personnel during the operation.
“We have already met Upper Subansiri DC Kento Danggen and discussed the menace of unabated hunting and selling of wildlife meat by the local people,” said the DFO.
Sources said a section of high-profile people of the district is indirectly encouraging wildlife poachers to carry out illegal practices for the consumption of meat.
Meanwhile, the forest officials of the Daporijo Forest division have taken steps to stop hunting and poaching of wildlife in the area.
They also moved the DC to issue a circular in this regard and to help the department in organizing mass mobilization on wildlife conservation.
Daporijo is the district headquarters of Upper Subansiri district of central Arunachal Pradesh, located at about 200 km north of Assam’s Lakhimpur district.