A sixteen feet long python weighing more than ninety one kilograms has been rescued by the forest department of Ram Nagar, Uttarakhand at the Ram Nagar Forest division’s Western TERAI at Kashipur Gadda Colony in Kumaon region .
This Python spieces is called Burmese Python as per Kailash Suyal. Pythons have been found in various parts of Uttarakhand ocassionally especially in Terai regions.
According to a news in September a Python was rescued by a forest department team of Uttarakhand led by Ravi Joshi, a member of the quick response at Clement Town area of the state’s capital Dehradun after an effort of an hour or so after the team reached the spot quickly. The Python was later on released in the forest. Several cases of poaching of these reptiles have also been witnessed in Uttarakhand forests and in one such incident a man was booked under Wildlife Protection Act
14/SEPTEMBER for killing a Python.
As per the ” Neighbourhood News” , a man from Uttarakhand’s Bajpur area in Udham Singh Nagar district has been booked under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act for allegedly killing a python. Himanshu Bagri, divisional forest officer of Terai West division said that the incident happened in Bannakheda range of the division.
The divisional forest officer Mr. Bagri revealed that a python is considered a very significant reptile species categorized under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, and invites severe penalties in case of defiance of these laws by way of illegally poaching, physically harming or killing these invaluable reptiles.
Pic: Kailash Suyal