Peshawar—The Wildlife department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), while taking notice of poaching of pangolin for illegal trade, has taken strict action to stop the practice and save the endangered wild specie from extinction. “The department after receiving reports about illegal hunting of the Pangolin, took action and arrested several poachers,” informed DFO Wildlife Extension, Niaz Ahmad.
Talking with APP, Niaz informed that pangolins are rare wild specie which is often called “scaly anteaters,” and are covered in tough, overlapping scales. These burrowing mammals eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue.Poaching for illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss have made these incredible creatures one of the most endangered groups of mammals in the world, Niaz apprised.
DFO Wilidlife Extension KP said Pakistan is signatory to Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) and under CITES cross border movement of pangolins, their scales and meat is illegal.
He said the rare wild specie is of much importance due to its role in eco system. He said Pangolin eats insects in fields and helps farmer for a better crops. Similarly, the specie also keep control in spread of population of venomous insets by eating it.DFO Wildlife Extension requested people to cooperate with the department and inform in case of finding any one indulge in poaching of pangolin.