Pasighat, October 7, 2019:
‘Wildlife Week’ was observed at Arunachal Pradesh’s Berung village, one of the fringe villages of D Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary in East Siang district on Sunday, along with the rest of the world.
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The villagers of Berung, including students of Primary School, participated in the Wildlife Week with much enthusiasm.
The celebration was conducted under the Olom Panggeng, Chairmanship of 2nd Head Gaon Burah, Berung village in which Panggeng himself as village head advised and appealed his people to conserve and protect the wildlife of not only nearby D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, but also birds and animals of around the village.
The other speakers who participated from the village also propagated and assured wholehearted cooperation to the D. Ering Wildlife Division, Pasighat for preservation, conservation and protection of wildlife in the sanctuary.
The villagers, including HGB, Balem Dai also voluntarily showed willingness in minimizing any kind of hunting in festivals also, as Adis have some festivals associated with hunting.
“We must do away hunting in festivals also besides discouraging hunting for commercial and pleasure purposes due to which, there was a drastic drop in the wildlife population in the region including getting extinction of some of the rare species of animals”, said one Olo Dai, former Anachal Samity Member of Berung village.
While, Divisional Forest Officer, D. Ering WL Sanctuary, Tasang Tasa briefed and sensitized the villagers and students on the importance of co-existence of human beings with the animal kingdom. He appealed the villagers to play a proactive role in protecting the wildlife of D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary which is the worthy assets of entire people, especially of the fringe villages. He also spoke and briefed the villagers about tourism potentialities of the sanctuary which will give direct and indirect benefits to the village folks. He also spoke on doing away of use of plastic in our daily day to day needs as plastic has a too far a negative impact on our health and environment. Range Officer, Sibiyamukh Range, Domek Koyu also spoke on the occasion and advised the villagers to be more sensitive in protecting the wildlife for a healthy environment for a human living also.
State Board for Wildlife, Member, M. Tayeng also urged the village folks to come forward in helping the department in controlling the hunting activities in and around the Sanctuary while presenting a PowerPoint presentation on the importance of wildlife. Tayeng also took reference to the recent incident of hunting of a Sambar Deer in Lower Dibang Valley whose carcass was seen carrying on a back of an elephant near Bomjir Bridge, some 12 KM from Roing where the Wildlife official from PCCF office Itanagar had taken strong cognizance of the offense.
He also urged the D. Ering WL Sanctuary officials and staffs to give proper care to the protection of the sanctuary as some officials are found in being soft with the hunters despite having found enough evidence of hunting and other illegal activities in the sanctuary which indirectly encourages the hunters to do hunting for commercial purposes without any much fear of law.
Earlier a painting competition was also held among the students for single-use and impact of plastic for which three students, namely, Tutu Taki, Ayang Mengu and Ralbom Perme hailing from various schools was awarded prizes.
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