GAON, April 5: Ten Himalayan Griffon Vultures, which recovered from poisoning in Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary (gaon) last month, were released in their home range by the forest authority of Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary, gaon with a team of the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) of WTI-IFAW on Thursday.
Fourteen out of 26 Himalayan Griffons were found dead inside Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary on March 25. Out of the rescued 12 griffons, two died on the way but rest 10 were saved by the CWRC team of veteririans, who took utmost care and treatment for 10 days in isolation. Since they had become fit to be released, on Thursday the birds were freed in their home range in the sanctuary through a joint awareness meeting with fringe village community. The vultures became sick due to secondary carcass poisoning inside the protected area by miscreants. Secondary poisoning incidents are growing day-by-day, thereby declining the vulture population. People intentiolly bait carcass to kill dogs and other carnivores but most of the time vultures get affected.