In its novel efforts to leave no stone unturned consistent with enforcing the rules and regulations sanctioned by wildlife law that seeks to protect wildlife habitat in the country, the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) recently rescued and confiscated a live crown eagle being possessed by two men while attempting to trade it.
A ranger of the Wildlife Division assigned at the Saw Mill checkpoint, Bomi County effected the rescue mission of the bird and took it to the Regional Forester Madam Ruth Varney. Upon being informed the Wildlife Manager at the FDA, Mr. Edward Gbeintor went for the animal later and deposited it in the LIBASSA sanctuary Ecolodge in Marshall where it remained for ten days under intensive care until its release back into the forest where it had been captured to rejoin its family. It can be safely assumed that the bird may be narrating a story of redemption to its family after being held hostage by men for days. It may be celebrating and telling its family that amongst men there are angels who care not only for their own kind, but for those of the animal kingdom.
Joyfully, the Widllife Manager of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) thanked the ranger for the job well done and challenged all other rangers assigned to checkpoints and other strategic places to continue such exercise until the habit of hunting and smuggling endangered species in the country is narrowed if not totally eradicated. Mr. Gbeintor commended FDA Managing Director, Mr. C. Mike Doryen for empowering the wildlife division in a personal way to effectively uphold the law that that protects endangered species.
He further emphasized, “it’s unacceptable for people to just take pleasure in hunting endangered animals even in their infants for market purposes.” He described such attitude as totally absurd, something he said is mostly done out of ignorance of the law. Mr. Gbeintor expressed satisfaction that the new management team headed by C. Mike Doryen has vested keen interest in the maximum protection of the forests and the endangered species that reside therein.
It can be recalled that in 2013 an MOU was signed between FDA, SCNL and LIBASSA to transfer all animals confiscated by FDA to that sanctuary for proper care, medical attention and safekeeping until they are healthy enough to be released to their original homes-the forests.
Before being released the animals serve as exhibits where parents would take their kids for exposure to bush animals/ wildlife. The sanctuary also serves as learning center specifically scientific research purposes for science students among others. Before the Liberian crises FDA had orphanage but was destroyed and the animals killed.
Recently, while meeting FDA collaborating partners including national and international organizations Mr. Doryen noted that his administration will ensure the maximum protection of the forests and the wildlife at all times consistent with the wildlife law.
By: Shelton Gonkerwon /FDA