WUCUMA Installs CCTV to Protect Migratory Birds in Wular

WUCUMA  Installs CCTV to Protect Migratory Birds in Wular

Thirty thousand birds arrived last month in Wular – Mudasir Mehmood

TAUSEEF AHMAD

Bandipora, Dec 14:- The Wular conservation management authority, in an effort to halt anti-poaching activities and protect the migratory birds that arrive at Wular lake during the winter months, has installed CCTV surveillance at various locations along the lake banks in Bandipora.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of migratory bird species from Europe and other countries visit Wular, which is Asia’s second largest freshwater lake. During the winter season, Wular lake becomes a temporary home for these migratory birds.

The birds’ migration patterns depend on seasonal changes and the availability of food. During the non-breeding season, the gulls travel to warmer regions in search of sustenance and favorable weather.

Local residents have welcomed the installation of CCTV cameras at Wular banks, expressing hope that it will help put an end to anti-poaching operations in the area.

Mudasir Mehmood, the District Forest Officer and In Charge of WUCUMA Bandipora, stated that the purpose of installing CCTV cameras is to ensure round-the-clock surveillance of the lake area and apprehend anyone involved in illegal activities such as bird poaching.

He further mentioned that the WUCMA has strengthened its anti-poaching efforts by combining technology with regular patrolling by anti-poaching squads using motor boats.

“A census will be conducted in January and February as the migratory season has just begun and a significant number of birds are expected to arrive. Currently, approximately 30,000 plus birds have arrived at the lake,” he added.

Mehmood emphasized the need for collaborative efforts to preserve the rich biodiversity of Wular Lake.

Additionally, it was reported earlier this week that 12 punt guns, which were used for illegal bird poaching in Wular lake, have been confiscated in the Kulhama, Garoora, and Saderkoot villages over the past two years, according to Aijaz Ahmad Pajwari, the District Forest Protection Officer.

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