Pilibhit DFO rescues barn owl from hunting birds

  • | Friday | 11th January, 2019

After a few minutes, the owl fell down from the tree and before the eagles could grab it, it was rescued by the forest cops. Pilibhit: The divisional forest officer of forest and wildlife division, Sanjeev Kumar, rescued an adult barn owl , protected under Wildlife Protection Act, from hunting birds on Thursday evening.Kumar was returning after conducting an awareness meeting in village Gajraula under Bisalpur tehsil on forthcoming drive of UP government on massive plantation, when he saw the owl, being attacked by the birds.The owl had fallen from the tree after repeated assaults by the hunting birds. It was released in an orchard outside the village area after it was dusk, Kumar said.“Barn owl is a scheduled wild bird that has been enlisted in schedule IV of wildlife protection act. This species always needs special protective measures as the owls are caught and sold at higher price for black magic”, he said.“As barn owl is found almost everywhere in Asian regions including India, this species always remains on the target of bird catchers for illegal trading”, he added. Acting quickly to save the bird, the DFO and his men made the hunting birds fly away and released the owl at a safe place after a medical examination.As per Kumar, a horde of crows and two eagles were hovering a bit above the height of roadside trees in a bid to swoop down on the owl near the meeting place that was attempting to protect him from the avian attacks.

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