Dimapur, February 26: Chief Wildlife Warden, Vedpal Singh IFS has stated that lack of clarity is often observed especially in the rural areas wherein people still believe that hunting of wild animals/ birds is permitted within the territorial jurisdiction of Nagaland.
The Office has clarified that following the adoption of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 by the State Government on 18th Dec 1981, hunting of all wild animals/ birds is strictly prohibited and, is an offence. The only exceptions are vermin (e.g. 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. Other than above there are no exceptions either in terms of time or species. (Page News Service)