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A Hunting Community in Nagaland Takes Steps Toward Conservation

A bunch of Amur Falcons

DOYANG, Nagaland
In the fall of 2012, the people in this northeastern state, which is known for its hunting traditions, killed about 150,000 federally protected Amur falcons, the highest number recorded in India, as the birds made their annual flight from Siberia at the end of October to stay in the Doyang reservoir for the month of November on their way to southern Africa.

Villagers caught the falcons in the Doyang reservoir by tacking fishing nets between trees, then breaking their wings and stringing them together while the birds were still alive and shrieking. Because so many were caught, the birds were sold for as little as 10 rupees, or 16 U.S. cents.

Full report here NYT


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