Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha through an executive order on 7th July, has banned all kinds of hunting and fishing in order to save and protect the wildlife in the district.
Actually it has been reported and brought to the notice of the district administration that many individuals are engaged themselves in hunting of wild birds and animals and fishing in Tirap district with different types of weapons and blasting materials.
Now the district administration prohibited hunting of birds and animals including fishing by using gelatine, poisonous substance, generator or any kind of nets.”
The district administration also requested to the civil society including the chiefs, GBs, PRI leaders, student leaders, women’s groups and NGOs have appreciated the order of the DC and they have vowed to help the district administration in checking hunting and fishing by unscrupulous people.
It must be mentioned here that the jungles of Tirap district were once alive with the soothing calls of all kinds of magnificent wild birds and animals but thanks to human greed, the jungles have gone quiet with only a few birds and animals left.
The many rivers and streams in the district which were teeming with fishes of all shapes and sizes are today flowing barren, bereft of any aquatic life thanks to overfishing by using harmful methods
Tirap district is home to a number of exotic and endangered wildlife including royal Bengal tiger, clouded leopard, hullock gibbon, hornbill, eagles, turtles and others. However, due to rampant hunting and fishing many of these rare and precious wild creatures are on the verge of extinction. The most endangered ape, the Hullock Gibbon which was available everywhere in the not too distant past can be spotted only in the upper reaches and the thick jungles bordering Assam.
Similarly, the state bird Hornbil that was in plenty in the past is hardly spotted. The highly endangered river turtle used to be found in great numbers in the Buri Dihing River, a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra. But today, it has become a rarity.