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Wildlife is an important component of our environment. The Wildlife Preservation Wing, Punjab is responsible for the protection, conservation, and management of wildlife both in nature as well as in captivity. The protection works include the detection of wildlife offenses and their prosecution in the courts and enforcement of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The wildlife conservation and management activities involve rehabilitation of various species of wildlife to their natural habitat, management of Zoos and Mini Zoos (Deer Parks), protection of rare and threatened species of birds and animals along with management and development of protected areas in the state. Black Buck (Antilope Cervicapra) locally called Kala Hiran, is the State Animal. Baz (Eastern Goshawk), the State Bird and Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo), and the State Tree. The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 as well as the rules framed thereunder are effectively implemented in the state. The Wing also creates awareness about wildlife conservation through electronic media by publishing and distributing literature, posters, etc on wildlife, arranging visits to zoos and deer parks for the children, and holding quiz competitions on wildlife, etc. Awareness about forests and wildlife conservation is spread amongst people during celebrations on Van Mahotsava, Wildlife Week, International Wetland day, and other important days through TV and All India Radio. The Wing also encourages various research institutions to carry out research on wildlife found in nature as well as in captivity. The cases of poaching and illegal trade of wildlife in the state are handled by Divisional Forest Officers (territorial) and staff of the forests and Wildlife wing under them. A number of training for frontline staff of the forests and wildlife department are arranged in Forest Training School, Hoshiarpur.

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