Kohima, April 22: Phek deputy commissioner Muruho Chotso today donated two Asian black bear cubs to the department of environment, forests and climate change, Phek forest division.
He officially handed over the two cubs to the district forest officer (DFO) Phek, Rongsenlemla Imchen.
The cubs, a male and a female, are healthy.
The Asian black bear ( Ursus thibetanus) is also known as moon bear and white-chested bear.
It is classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
Rongsenlemla thanked the deputy commissioner and acknowledged the district administration for contributing and collaborating with the department in protecting wildlife.
She warned the public that hunting, snaring, trapping, selling and buying of wild animals and its produces amount to criminal offence under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, with a penalty of Rs 25,000 and imprisonment of 3-7 years or both. The DFO also reminded the notification issued by the Phek deputy commissioner. The notification directed all the village councils to stringently implement the village forest resolution passed by the respective council.
She cautioned the village councils that non-adherence of the order would result in curtailment of all projects under the department and also withheld the flow of funds to the village development board. Of late, the state government has carried out mass awareness campaigns to preserve flora and fauna in the state.
The church organisation like Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has also decided to carry out awareness campaigns across the state. The Baptist church has asked people to stop killing wild animals.