Sunday, June 14, 2009
Wildlife Reserves- The Need for Wildlife Trained Officers
I was shocked to see some of the photographs sent to me by my friend from the High Ranges.
Grasslands have been scraped clean to make trek paths in wildlife reserves. I scratched my head several times, but could not find any rationale for trek paths in areas with open visibility all around. Who needs them?
I do not blame the men who made these paths. They are unable to comprehend the implications. Only a wildlife trained officer can grasp the full implications. Grasslands scraped in the High Ranges will take at least 20 years to get back to a semblance of the original vegetation. In steep places soil erosion sets in with the first rains. I put the blame squarely on the men who post the officers.
I do agree that there are very good administrators among the breed of foresters. My fervent plea is that guys being posted to wildlife reserves should be given at least a basic introductory course in wildlife management before they take up the wildlife posting
One thing that the wildlife institute instills in trainees is genuine love for wildlife. How many of our officers have this genuine empathy for wildlife?
We can ill afford to commit the kind of mistakes committed in the High Ranges. Wake up officers at the top echelons of the department. Wake up forest minister.
I also want to mention very specifically that there should not be any witch hunting in the process of correction. The usual way out is to pass the bucks and find scapegoats. High Range Tidings is certainly not interested in any mudslinging.The department was obviously lax in its ways and a correction is certainly needed. we need to build a cadre of officers whose actions will always remain unswayed by unscientific considerations
The intention of this post is purely the welfare of the wildlife and the delicate ecosystem of High Ranges. This precious ecosystem could easily tip over like an applecart if we are not careful.