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Before Diwali, Corbett cancels permits to control poaching of owls | India News

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NAINITAL: Following the Uttarakhand Forest Department issuing a red alert to protect owls from poaching ahead of Diwali, the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) has now canceled its field staff vacations until 15 December. November and increased patrols in the reserve, especially at night. . “Owl poaching is at an all-time high during Diwali and therefore we have decided to increase patrolling in the reserve,” said Rahul, director of the Corbett Tiger Reserve (who uses only his first name) .
According to Hindu mythology, an owl is one of the vaahan (vehicle) of the goddess Lakshmi, and in certain occult practices, the ritual sacrifice of owls is performed to appease the goddess. The bird is also poached for black magic and traditional medicine.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has identified Uttarakhand as one of the growing hotspots for the illegal owl trade. While there is no credible data on how many owls are hunted and a census of the birds has not been conducted, ornithologist Satish Pande said that the number of owls being poached across the country would rise to more than 17,000 each year.
Several species of owls are included in the threatened or endangered list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Of the more than 30 species of owls found in India, one is listed in Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.

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