Rajaji National Park officials wrote a letter to Uttarakhand Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Dr RBS Rawat requesting him to employ a veterinarian for the park. A veterinarian is only available at Jim Corbett National Park.
The state forest department lacks organized medical cell for providing health care to wildlife. In addition, there are no positions for veterinarians in the department.
A position was created at Corbett and a veterinarian appointed on contractual basis. The decision was taken with the view of providing immediate medical assistance to all animals, especially big cats.
Rajaji too has felt the necessity for a veterinarian and made the request to Dr Rawat in a letter received by him on Friday.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Rawat said, "I have received request from Rajaji asking for a veterinarian. We have earlier done so at Jim Corbett National Park. I will see what can be done about it."
Veterinarians are needed because cases of territorial infighting, attacks and casualties of wildlife require specialists. Veterinarians are people who help in finding out the scientific reasons behind wildlife casualties and injuries. Besides, post-mortem of animals cannot be done without them. They also abet in providing medical relief to animals.
Interestingly, as there are no posts of veterinarians in the forest department Dr Rawat has decided to appoint a veterinarian at Rajaji against the post of Ranger. "We do not have positions for veterinarians. However, I am planning to create post of veterinarian at Rajaji against the post of Ranger."
When contacted, Rasaily said, "We definitely need a veterinarian at the national park. We contact local veterinarians during emergency. But, once we will have our own veterinarian I am sure we will able to conserve wildlife much better."