Forest department takes another step: Rapid Rescue team takes shape in district
Nashik: The incidents of animal killing, roadkill, and human encounters are increasing in the district. The leopard sightings and human encounters have also on high in some areas. To counter this human-animal conflict and to protect and provide quick help to the animals, the Forest Department, Nashik division has taken a step ahead.
The Nashik division has planned to form a Rapid Rescue Team (RRT) for quick response on any incident related to wild life. Taking a first step on formation of RRT a special two days workshop on animal rescue was conducted at the forest department’s rest house near Untwadi.
The East Zone and West are going to form special teams for the task. On a primary phase 40 officials, rangers and guards were trained in the two days workshops. The department selected young, quick and dynamic personnel from there zones.
The initial team members were guided on various aspects of rescue, like legal aspects, physical and chemical aspects, use of guns, equipments and hand on training. The Youth for Nature Conservation’s Dr Sonone and his team from Amravati took training workshop for the forest officials of Nashik.
During the workshop Dr Sonane guided that, if an injured animal is from annexure I and if it’s caged, it is a violation of Wildlife Protection Act. “If any situation is there for rescue operation of the animal is to be conducted, the orders to conduct rescue operation can only be given by the Chief Conservation Officer (CCF).
It is also illegal to put cage in the forest area though a human settlement falls under forests land”, explained Dr Sonane in workshop. On a second day of the workshop training about physical rescue and chemical rescue or tranquilizing the animal was explained. After that a mock drill of rescue was conducted.