By Mungchan Zimik
The lack of efforts to protect wildlife species in Ukhrul has manifested itself again with at the district headquarters.
One flying squirrel, an endangered wildlife species was put up for a raffle draw at Town Hall premises, Phungreitang, Ukhrul.
People did not hesitate to shell out Rs 100 for a raffle draw ticket.
Ironically, the venue where the crowd gathered for the draw is just opposite to Forest Department office ! .
This apart, sale of wild animals is a common sight in the district headquarters.
The department concerned is still unable to curb poaching.
Besides, no warning to poachers were issued by the concerned department telling them that poaching is illegal.
The poachers on the other hand, were making double efforts to make money during this festive season.
The thick forest of Ukhrul, which provides favourable shelter for wild animals, has been dwindling since the last decade.
This results in rendering the wild animals homeless.
In spite of enforcing the rules and regulations of Wild Life Protection Act, the concerned department seemingly existed to check forest related products at the check points.
Rampant export of orchids to China from the deep jungles of the district still prevails.
No preventive measures have been taken up to check the illegal trade nor any action is taken against runners. Photo.