Guns and airguns banned in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur to safeguard Amur falcons: Report

The precautions against guns and catapults are necessary because the falcon used to be aggressively hunted by locals

Published: 01st November 2022 12:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st November 2022 12:17 AM   |  A+A-

A Lotha Naga tribal woman carries vegetables in a traditional bamboo basket in Pangti village, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland. (File Photo | AP)

By Online Desk

The use of guns and airguns have been banned in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur in an effort to safeguard the small Amur falcons. The officials have also confiscated catapults and nets.

The precautions against guns and catapults are necessary because the falcon used to be aggressively hunted by locals. Huge fishing nets used to be stretched from trees across rivers to trap the birds or they were shot, according to a report.

The long-distance travelling raptors reportedly breeds in south-eastern Siberia and Northern China before migrating in large flocks across India and over the Arabian Sea to winter in Southern and East Africa.

Forest officers were patrolling areas of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur states to make sure no one disturbs the long-distance travelling raptors who stop briefly in India, The Guardian reports.

The moment they arrive, forest officials in the north-east step up measures to ensure they are left alone to recuperate, roost and feast on the termites they adore. Another favourite snack is the large population of grasshoppers that has fortuitously come up in recent years owing to the moisture created by the Doyang dam in Nagaland.

Wildlife biologist and bird enthusiast Sumit Dookia told The Guardian, “During this stay, they have to build up their reserves of energy and fat for the marathon flight that lies ahead. They need a high protein diet and plenty of rest.” 

One village, Pangti in Nagaland, has become famous as the “falcon capital of the world” for its large number of amurs, the report said.


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