Monday, April 29, 2013

Maharashtra officials get animal rescue training in Gir

Maharashtra officials get animal rescue training in Gir
Times of India

A team of 13 officials from Maharashtra, including chief wildlife warden of Maharashtra SWHNaqvi, visited Gir sanctuary for the three-day study on rescue of wild animals, including leopard.

This was the second such training imparted to forest department officials from Maharashtra in Gir. The first batch had officers who were below the rank of CCF and the present batch had officers of level of additional principal chief conservator of forest and chief conservator of forest. They visited Gir for three days from April 21.

Their visit was a follow up of principal secretary, forest and environment, Maharashtra, Praveen Pardeshi, who visited Gir in March along with the officers of forest department. R L Meena, CCF, wildlife circle, Junagadh; Sandeep Kumar, DCF, wildlife division, Sasan-Gir hosted the training session.

"Gir forest management is becoming a model for study in human-wildlife conflict management in India. Skilled manpower, modern infrastructure, quick responses, community cooperation, strong communication system, community awareness among others are the base for the strength of the successful rescue operations and treatments in Gir protected area," Kumar said.

Maharashtra officials were also surprised to see women involved in the rescue of animals. Rasila Wadher, the only woman in the rescue team, demonstrated how to rescue the animal, treat it and even release it after treatment.

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