Mere rhetoric is not sufficient, action on ground is what is actually needed to save the wildlife especially the rhinos of Asaam from the cruel hands of greedy poachers. Barely a day after the Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi talked of stringent measure to curb poaching, yet another rhino was killed by the poachers in state’s Kaziranga National Park on Tuesday.
According to the Park director NK Vasu, the wildlife guards recovered a carcass of a male rhino from Agaratoli range of the park on Monday. “The horn was missing, which indicated it to be a case of poaching. We have also recovered bullets of a .303 rifle from near the carcass,” said the park director.
A forest official pleading anonymity said that the forest guards found the carcass of rhino when they smelt stench emanating from the bushes in the area. This in itself proves that the animal was killed a few days back, pointed out the official.
This year alone over 30 one-horned rhinos have been killed by poachers. As per official figures, at least 22 rhinos have been killed in Kaziranga, three have been killed in Manas national park and one in Pabitora wildlife sanctuary this year.
The Assam government recently launched a project to install thermal cameras inside the Kaziranga National Park to detect the movement of poachers. The government also set up an elite unit – Assam Forest Protection Force (AFPF) – and equipped them with AK-series rifles to combat the fire power of poachers who usually are equipped with sophisticated weapons.
The fresh incident of poaching calls for intensive patrolling coupled with gathering intelligence for locals about the movement of poachers to effectively deal with the menace.