Shimla, Dec. 30 – Forest Youth Services and Sports Minister Rakesh Pathania said here today that the matter of death of hundreds of migratory birds in Pong Dam Lake is being investigated by the officials of Wildlife and after receiving the reports of samples sent to different institutions strict action will be initiated against the guilty.
He said that the death of hundreds of migratory birds is an unfortunate incident for the State and a matter of concern. He sought full details on the incident from the officers of the wildlife wing and he directed that the causes of death of migratory birds should be ascertained at the earliest.
He further directed the higher wildlife officials to go to the site and investigate various aspects of the death of these birds. Deputy Chief Conservator (DCF) Wildlife Hamirpur told that on 28th Decemebr, 2020, the field staff of Dhameta Range reported the sudden death of four Bar-Headed Geese and one Common Teal in Fatehpur area. Post mortem of the dead birds was done by Veterinary officers at Fatehpur. In the preliminary findings of the post mortem, poisoning was not suspected.
These samples were sent to Veterinary Laboratory at Shahpur for further testing. On 29th December, 2020 the field staff of Pong Dam Lake wildlife sanctuary were ordered to search the entire area of the sanctuary for deaths of other migratory birds and 421 migratory birds were found dead in Majhar, Bathari, Sihal, Jagnoli, Chatta, Dhameta and Kuthera areas of wildlife range Dhameta and in Guglara area of Jawali Beat of Wildlife Range Nagrota. He also informed that the samples of dead Bar Headed Geese were taken to Veterinary Laboratory, Shahpur for testing.