Kohima: Amid the coronavirus threat across the globe, the state wildlife department has reiterated that hunting has strictly been prohibited across the state and urged people to follow the ban keeping the greater interest of people in mind.
Following the notification issued by the state government directing the deputy commissioners, SPs and forest officers of all districts to reiterate ban on hunting of wild animals in the state over fear of coronavirus, the chief wildlife warden has clarified that hunting is strictly prohibited and is a punishable offence in Nagaland.
An official update from the DIPR said that the chief wildlife warden Vedpal Singh has notified that lack of clarity is often observed especially in the rural areas where people still believe that hunting of wild animals/ birds is permitted within the territorial jurisdiction of Nagaland.
It said that under the adoption of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 by the state government on December 18, 1981, hunting of all wild animals/ birds is strictly prohibited and is an offence.
It said that the only exceptions are vermin (certain species of rats, etc) which have been specified in the Act or when permission to hunt certain animal is accorded under the provisions of the Act for reasons specified in the Act itself.