Aizawl, Oct 8: The observation of National Wildlife Week in Mizoram was a huge success as 85 local hunters had pledged never to harm wild animals again.
As many as 85 hunters of several villages neighbouring Dampa Tiger Reserve in the western belt of Mizoram have surrendered their arms last week in response to the state Forest department's wildlife division's enthusiastic campaign, said Dampa Tiger Reserve field director V Lalfala.
The arms had been submitted to the Forest department in a ceremony at West Phaileng which had West Phaileng SDO (Civil) as the chief guest, who highly appreciated the act of the local hunters.
Underground militants used to surrender their arms to live civilians' life, and they were warmly welcomed. This surrendering of arms by hunters is not less important, a Forest official said at the ceremony.