Monks witness increasing trend of bird poaching in Phajoding

Posted on 15 February 2013  | 
Monks from the Phajoding Monastery are witnessing an increasing trend of bird poaching in the area. According to Namgay, one of the monks, birds like Blood Pheasants and Monal Pheasants are sold to to use feathers for making arrows.

In one such incident, monks from the monastery recently found a dead Monal Pheasant that was snared by poachers. According to the 1995 Forest and Conservation Act, snaring is illegal.

The Himalayan Monal Pheasant is the national bird of Nepal and the state bird of Uttarakhand. The Himalayan Monal is found in Eastern Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan, India, Southern Tibet and Bhutan.
Snared Monal
Snared Monal found near the Phajoding monastery
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