Relocation of settlement proposed to combat poaching in BNP

- KAMAL PANTHI, Gulariya
Relocation of settlement proposed to combat poaching in BNP

Apr 7, 2015-

In a bid to combat rampant poaching, Banke National Park (BNP), which is located in the mid-western region, has proposed to relocate a human settlement near Banke and Bardiya National Parks.

The BNP, where tiger population is reportedly decreasing, has proposed to relocate the Khote village of Bansgadi-1 lying near the two protected areas to another suitable area.

Earlier, the village consisting of 30 households was categorised as the “hub of poaching”. About a week ago, six muskets that were suspected to have been used in wildlife poaching were seized from some people living in the village. Similarly, three more muskets were found hidden inside the caves nearby the settlement two months ago. This has led to the belief that some people are involved in poaching of wild animals and smuggling their parts.

Prem Bahadur Saru, president of Chepang Madhyabarti Chhetra (a buffer zone), said police have handed over the seized muskets to the park officials. Three years ago, park officials had ordered people living in the buffer zone to handover any illegal firearms they possessed or face legal action. During the drive to collect illegal weapons, park officials collected around 200 illegal weapons from Hariharpur, Lekhparajul including other VDCs of Surkhet.

However, smugglers are still found to be poaching wild animals and smuggling their parts using dozens of illegal weapons. In order to combat it, park security officials have established a Nepal Army Post in Deurali.

Covering around 898 sq km area in Banke, Dang, Salyan and Bardiya, BNP is a suitable habitat for tigers. It  also has 32 species of mammal, more than 300 species of birds, 55 species of fish and 124 species of vegetation, among others.

Published: 08-04-2015 08:48

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