Strictly Enforce ban on hunting to protect Pregnant Wild animals -Dr.Wiafe Strictly Enforce ban on hunting to protect Pregnant Wild animals -Dr.Wiafe
  The Dean of Development studies of the Presbyterian University College, Dr Edward Wiafe has called on the Law  Enforcement agencies Particularly the Wildlife... Strictly Enforce ban on hunting to protect Pregnant Wild animals -Dr.Wiafe
 
The Dean of Development studies of the Presbyterian University College, Dr Edward Wiafe has called on the Law  Enforcement agencies Particularly the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission to strictly enforce the Closed Season period ,banning hunting in Ghanaian Forest Reserves .
 
The Period is observed every year between August and December .During this period with the exception of grasscutter which may be permitted to be hunted  upon request ,all other wild animals cannot be hunted.
 
 
The four month statutory closed season is in line with the Wildlife Conservation Regulations, LI, 685 of 1971.The aim of the ban is to conserve game since they would be in their gestation period.This is to ensure procreation and sustainability.
 
The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commision of Ghana is however challenged with inadequate  forest rangers and logistics to strictly enforce the ban as many poachers continue to annihilate the Wild animals for bushmeat.
 
 
But according to Dr.Wiafe there must be a paradigm shift since most wildlife species are either near extinction, threatened or endangered due to weak law enforcement.
 
 “It’s period where you have a lot of pregnant and nursing animals in our forest,killing one denies a lot more access to life.The Wildlife Division must from this time intensify it security in our forest reserves to protect the Wildlife “.
 
He called for a collaborating effort between the forestry commission and the Police Service as well as the Judiciary to arrest and prosecute offenders to serve as a precedents to others.
 
Dr.Wiafe has therefore advised  hunters to diversify into other businesses withing the four month period to sustain their livelihood  .
 
 
Dr.Edward Wiafe is a renowned Environmentalist in Ghana .He is the lead Project Coordinator of Presbyterian University College, Ghana (PUCG)
In the implementation of a Project to Conserve endangered Primate Species in three Forest Reserves in Ghana namely, Atewa, Cape three Points and Tano -Off Forest.
 
The 16 months  Project  funded by Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund  has impacted positively in  creating awareness on the importance of primates shaping perception of residents  including hunters in the fringe communities on the need to conserve primates.
 
Source:enaghana.com/Kojo Ansah