Preventing hunting for commercial activities in Tamil Nadu
By Monica Verma | Project Leader
Seized Jackal skins
Greetings from Wildlife Trust of India!
Thank you so much for making a donation to our project ‘Stop Hunting of Wildlife in India’. With your valuable support, we have been able to track illegal hunting of wildlife for commercial purposes by a community in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Here’s an update on activities conducted during the reporting period.
The ‘Narikurava’ tribe (where ‘Nari’ means jackal, and ‘Kuruva’ means people) in south India are a hunting clan who predominantly depend on hunting jackals, foxes, squirrels and birds. Each clan has a tradition of keeping a bundle of clothes called ‘sami-mootai’ which is filled with the blood of animals sacrificed by them. In parts of Tamil Nadu, there have been reports indicating poaching of golden Jackals and Indian foxes by the community.
An informer network set up through a previous project had reported seven instances of illegal wildlife articles and body parts of the hunted foxes and jackals such as pelt, claws, and meat etc. being sold near temples for superstitious purposes. The details were shared with the Forest Department as well. Further investigation established that the hunting activities were even more extensive than what the team had thought. For a better understanding of the targeted species and the extensive hotspots, a Rapid Action Project (RAP) has been sanctioned in the region.
Through the RAP, twenty incidents of illegal trade and the people involved in it were identified. Also, the project gathered sufficient intel and baseline data on the extent of wildlife hunting in the area. Further action is being planned to prevent extensive hunting for commercial purposes as well as sensitise the community. We will soon be back with more updates. Till then, take care.
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