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Forest dept ups vigil to curb wildlife crimes during lockdown

NAGPUR: As makes an attempt to poach wild animals, unlawful tree felling and different crimes related to natural world continue to happen all over the lockdown, the woodland division in Nagpur has increased patrolling to keep a hawk's eye at the offenders.
The officers said that the workers of the dept also are going out in their means to offer very important commodities and meals packets to the people living in the woodland interiors in a bid to mitigate their hardships.
Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) Nagpur, Prabhu Shukla, said the dept staffers had been combating as "silent warriors" for the safety and conservation of natural world and woodland all over those trying out occasions.

"Recently, we foiled two attempts of poaching of wild animals and arrested seven persons. In the last two months, 15 incidents of forest fires were reported. The department is patrolling the forest areas round-the-clock to thwart any attempt of illicit tree felling and similar offences," he said.

"The Nagpur transit treatment centre annually admits around 600 injured animals. But during the lockdown period alone, as many as 100 injured animals were rescued. They are undergoing treatment at the centre," Shukla said.

The division staffers have also been cleaning water holes for animals, tracking the movement of tigers and taking regular steps to avoid man-animal warfare in the highly susceptible areas, he said.

He also informed that the workers of the Nagpur woodland division are going past their designated work and offering very important commodities and meals packets to the people residing in faraway woodland areas.

"More than 5,000 ration kits and food packets were distributed in Umred, Hingna, Seminary hill ranges and other area. Masks and sanitisers were also distributed in Khapa, Hingna and other forest ranges for the safety of people," Shukla said.

"We are also raising awareness about issues like social distancing and hygiene through public announcement systems in 400 remote villages," he added.

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