To hunt poachers, a new team of dogs feeds the wildlife sanctuary of Asola | Latest Delhi News
New Delhi: The Delhi Forest and Wildlife Department is setting up a team of dogs to patrol the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary and prevent poaching and other illegal activities in the park, as well as crack down on the trade in wildlife. wildlife items banned from train stations and interstate bus terminals, officials aware of the issue said.
Officials said that initially two Belgian Malinois dogs were recruited, with more to be added as needed.
Nisheeth Saxena, Delhi’s chief wildlife warden, said the canine team is currently being treated as a pilot project.
“The two Belgian Malinois will be trained for two months before being handed over to the forestry and wildlife service. Since our mandate is to stop poaching and control wildlife trafficking, the dogs will be trained in enforcement strategies related to these two aspects only,” Saxena said.
In an August 5 letter to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Saxena asked that the formalities be completed as soon as possible. “With reference to an earlier letter dated July 21, 2022, this department kindly asks you to attend the codal formalities for the development of the canine brigade in this department. Please share all necessary steps to be taken for the supply, training and management of the canine squad,” the letter reads.
Belgian Malinois are known for their ability to detect explosives, narcotics, poachers, and trafficked items such as wildlife trophies or live animals from several miles away. A Belgian Malinois was also part of the United States Navy Seals team that raided Osama Bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A team of dogs of the same breed has also been deployed for the K9 anti-poaching unit at Kaziranga National Park in Assam.
A senior Forest Department official said the dogs will be deployed primarily in the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary to prevent poaching and trespassing.
Although no poaching incidents have been reported so far at Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, the sanctuary is home to a healthy population of golden jackals and at least five leopards have been spotted there. The Forest Department has reinforced and repaired broken boundary walls over the past year following several incidents of illicit liquor smuggling through Asola.