Despite facing a manpower problem, the Wildlife Division of Jaintia Hills is doing its best to ensure that the visiting Himalayan griffon vultures are unharmed during their sojourn in Meghalaya.
Speaking to Highland Post yesterday, the District Forest Officer said that the raptor, a “near threatened” species, has been in Demthring village since April 2.
This species of vulture has visited the area before, using it as a stop-off during their migration. The authorities are expecting that the vultures, 44 of which were spotted up until yesterday, will do the same this year.
As soon as the wildlife office learnt of the visitors, staff were assigned to monitor the birds and see that they are not harmed. The DFO expressed her deep appreciation for all the support and cooperation the department has received from the village headman and owner of the land on which the vultures have made their temporary home.
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