Stop the Hunting of Wildlife in India

by Wildlife Trust of India
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Project Report | Oct 29, 2018
Loss of Wildlife in Mechuka, Arunachal Pradesh

By Avrodita Chakladar | Project Leader

Mechuka Meeting MECS-WTI
Mechuka Meeting MECS-WTI

Hunting, though illegal in India, is considered a traditional sport and culture in many remote parts of the country. In Arunachal Pradesh, reports have indicated that 134 wild animals comprising of mammals, birds and reptiles are hunted and 57% of the hunted species are Endangered, Vulnerable or Near Threatened as per the IUCN Red list. With 33 mammalian species hunted in the state, the structure and dynamics of the forest ecology like loss of seed dispersers, pollinators, predators could face serious consequences.

One such area is the valley of Mechuka, meaning “medicinal water of snow” in the Eastern Himalayan foothills. Mechuka, a village located around 29 Km from McMahon Line (Bordering line between India and China) at a height of 6,000 ft. above sea level in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh is home to the people of Memba, Ramo, Adi, Lebo and Tagin Tribes. The region traditionally holds a history of practicing hunting and fishing. Earlier hunting in these areas was more for subsistence but today the access to markets and high market value for wildlife products has made hunting a route for additional income. However, many areas even today have traditional social taboos to prevent overharvesting by following customary laws to maintain a balance between need for subsistence and conservation. To help maintain this principle law and ensure it is strictly abided by, there was an urgent need for awareness in the area.

Wildlife Trust of India with the help of Global giving donors supported a meeting organised by the Mechuka Eco-tourism and Conservation Society (MECS) inviting stakeholders such as District Council members, Forest department officials, village heads and community groups to discuss the issue of hunting in Mechuka and regulation measures. The village heads primarily discussed the current status of hunting and fishing and the need for more awareness campaigns in the region. Species such as Himalayan Musk deer (Moschus leucogaster), Himalayan Black bear (Ursus thibetanus laniger) , Black necked cranes (Grus nigricollis) etc were found to be most affected in the area.To help monitor and prevent further loss of fauna, MECS and the forest department decided to select individuals from each village who will help in reporting threat to wildlife and enhance vigilance life. Mr. Abhinav Kumar, DFO Aalo shared,” This is a great initiative by the community and WTI, and the forest department shall render its support to MECS in creating awareness and help curb the issue of hunting in Mechuka” More activities and plans were decided upon and shall be followed upon in the upcoming months.

This was one of the first initiatives in the region highlighting conservation measures for wildlife. Cultural practices being prioritized over conservation; it will require long term efforts of sensitization in the landscape. Thereby, we hope to conduct more such meetings and awareness campaigns in the area that will help us understand and enforce customary laws to preserve tradition, as well as secure the wildlife of Mechuka.

In this regard, we look out for your continued support so that we can accentuate the importance of wildlife conservation amongst individuals and local communities and make a difference.

Meeting Gathering
Meeting Gathering
DFO addressing the Meeting
DFO addressing the Meeting

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Location: Noida, Uttar Pradesh - India
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Samruddhi Kothari
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Noida , Uttar Pradesh India

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