HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
JAJARKOT: More than half a dozen Red Pandas were found dead in Jagarkot’s Nayakwada and Rokaya villages in the past five months.
Principal at Lipsa-based Birendra Aishwarya Higher Secondary School Gorakh Bahadur Singh said that from time to time red pandas have been found dead in the forest, but locals might have been hunted them without understanding its significance. Locals also do not eat its meat.
Singh, who hails from Nayakwada, said of red pandas are found in Jantelekh, Kalimuri, Simtara, Sai Kumari Patan and other forests of Nayakwada. He further said that most of the locals of Warekot roam around the forest, search herbs and hunt wild animals during summer season where mostly deer are found dead in snares laid by locals.
District Forest Controller Saroj Kumar Pandey said that altogether 10 rangers were appointed in the district, but only four of them have been working since years.
Similarly, 22 forest guards safeguard 30 VDCs in the district, Singh said, adding, “We could not safeguard all the forests due to the lack of sufficient forest guards.” He said that staffers at the Forest Office have not returned to office since insurgency period.
Secretary at Sakla VDC Dhaniram Kumain informed that village council of four VDCS and district council have decided to provide special security in Warekot area to conserve precious herbs and wild animals.