Biswanath: Quarmy, a skilled female German Shepherd dog deployed at the Biswanath Wildlife Division in Assam as a sniffer canine has recently won a special award for helping curb wildlife crime in the state.
Ahead of the Global Tiger Day which will be observed on July 29th, 2019, a special contest for the wildlife sniffer dogs under the banner of ‘Canines for Felines’ was organized.
Along with Quarmy, her handlers Lakhmi Nandan Baruah and Johnson Teron will also be awarded. The duo was jointly trained at the NTCD, BSF Academy, Gwalior back in 2017. According to Baruah, Quarmy has been able to crack a number of wildlife crime cases right from the detection of rhino horns, poaching activities to the recovery of hunting materials.
“She was trained for nine months and soon after her deployment, she has been able to crack the codes giving leads to a number of crucial wildlife crime cases,” said Baruah. She is presently two-year and eight months old and undergoes rigorous training every day.
“She eats egg, rice, milk for breakfast and dog biscuits. Her dinner consists of rice and meat. Quarmy also undergoes grooming activities,” Baruah added.
Ranger Pranjal Baruah informed that there were a total of 12 entries for the competition and three of them were selected for the awards.
While Nirman from Tiger Strike Force in Satna is the winner, Myna from Tiger Strike Force in Indore has been announced as the runners-up, and Quarmy received a special award – ‘Super Sniffer Dog’ – in the competition.
It may be mentioned that ‘Traffic’ which has been working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development is a joint programme of World Wide Fund for Nature and International Union for Conservation of Nature.