Berhampur, Nov 11 (LocalWire): Wildlife officials geared up to prevent poaching in Chilika, home to thousands of winged guests during winter, by intensifying patrolling in and outside the lake on the eve of Chhadakhai, to be celebrated a day after Kartik Purnima (full moon) on Wednesday.
During the month of Kartik, Hindus forego non-vegetarian dishes till Purnima, as part of a sacred ritual. The day after full moon, they indulge in non-vegetarian food.
Demand of meat, chicken, egg and fish is high and chances of poaching of water fowls are in high demand in nearby towns including Balugaon, Berhampur, Khurda and Bhubaneswar.
‘Patrolling has been intensified in the lake from Monday and it will continue for the next three to four days,’ said divisional forest officer (DFO) Chilika, Alok Ranjan Hota. Special emphasis has been laid in the vulnerable areas like Tangi range, he said.
At least 19 camps were set up in the lake involving around 100 personnel to prevent hunting of migratory birds. Almost all the staff is engaged in the surveillance drive, he said. Local volunteers have also extended their help.
Round the clock patrolling will continue in some vulnerable areas besides themarket too.
DFO said the season’s first bird poaching case was registered in Tangi range and one person arrested in this connection last week.
Estimated one lakh migratory birds of different species have congregated in the
lagoon so far.