Experts from Dehradun to study predator menace

IMPHAL, 29th Nov: Forest and Environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar Thursday appealed to the public to refrain from killing wildlife animals in the aftermath of the mysterious killings of domestic livestock. He said a proper investigation report will be made soon as a team of experts from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun are scheduled to arrive at Imphal in the next two to three days.
Minister Shyamkumar said that as per preliminary reports, it is suspected that the civet cats are behind the killings of domesticated animals across many parts of the state including Churachandpur, Imphal East, Kakching and Kangpokpi districts. He also said that civet cats are found largely in valley areas although they are not dangerous to human beings.
Experts from the state including forensic experts are finding out the truth and the team of Forest department’s task force are taking up necessary steps at various strategic locations. The team will study eating patterns of animals of Manipur Zoological Garden, he said, adding that until the final report is submitted by the experts, no concrete action can be implemented.
Appealing to the people of the state to protect wildlife, he said it is not justified to kill animals merely out of suspicion. He further said the Forest department and teams of other departments are jointly working in the investigation and hoped that the truth will be brought out at the earliest.

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