Sep 21, 2014
With poachers using advanced technology to hunt animals and increasing cases of human-animal conflicts, World Wide Fund (WWF) has decided to give modern and centralised training to the state forest department’s field staff who work on the ground level. The training, which will be given for the first time to field staff across the state, aims at protecting wildlife. “The training was being given to a few foresters in Pilibhit and Dudhwa Tiger Reserve till now. However, now we will train the field staff deployed across the state, including forest guards, rangers and regional officers. The exercise will begin from next month,” said Naresh Kumar Lodhi, project manager, WWF-India. He added, “Over the years, the laws relating to forest and weapons and technology of poachers have been changed. Hence, the forester working on ground level should know the proper way to manage such things.”
As part of the systematic training, the forester will be given lessons on human-animal conflicts. “At times, people kill a man and throw his body in the forest area to show that he was mauled by a tiger or any other animal. As the footprints of a dog is similar to that of a tiger, the field staff along with villagers get confused. Through the training, they will be made aware on how to collect evidence from the spot and a better way of communicating with villagers,” said Lodhi.
Dealing with legal issues will also be a major part of the training as in the past few years, new sections and provisions have been introduced. “They should be aware of the fact that once caught, poachers will find it difficult to come out on bail,” he said. Training would include new methods of speaking in code word over the wireless and patrolling. Besides these, there will be information on the maintenance of the fire arms. “As the weapons used by foresters are quite old in comparison to personnel of defence forces and police, we will teach them the new ways of maintaining it,” said Lodhi and added that the motive of the training is to protect wildlife and make the ground level staff stronger.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com