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Forest Dept issues advisory on leopard movement

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Dimapur, September 25: The Department of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Nagaland, has issued public advisory on the possible movement of a leopard in the fringe areas of Purana Bazaar ‘B’ areas, possibly attracted by the livestock in the area.
“Such movement is not completely unusual but calls for greater vigilance by the general public,” said Tokaho H Kinimi, Wildlife Warden, Dimapur Wildlife Division.
The advisory asked the general public and all concerned to avoid venturing out into the nearby forest area/secluded areas or travel alone, especially after sunset. Movement, if unavoidable, is to be in groups and with adequate bright torches, it advised.
It also asked public to keep livestock secure in robust enclosures at night and any unusual disappearance of livestock be immediately reported to the Department. To keep the surroundings devoid of garbage, as this attracts feral dogs and other livestock, which in turn attracts wild animals; to keep immediate surrounding areas, clear of thick grasses and bushes and keep residential areas well-lit at night.
The advisory also asked pubic to avoid giving heed to rumours and to avoid rumour mongering, especially on social media, and to remain vigil and in case of sighting of wild animal, avoid approaching or provoking the animal and report immediately to wildlife authorities. The following officials can be contacted: Tokaho, Wildlife Warden, Dimapurv – +91 87318 21345 or HukaiZhimo, Forester I, Dimapur Wildlife Division – +91 87878 90194.
Informing that the department is aware of the issue and is taking all necessary steps, the advisory requested public cooperation and support to help tackle the issue in an appropriate manner. (Page News Service)

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