Berhampur, Dec 6 (LocalWire) Wildlife personnel on Thursday arrested two poachers at Bhusandapur area under Tangi wildlife range in Chilika wildlife division on charge of hunting the migratory birds in the lake.
At least three dead migratory birds, along with a country-made gun, were seized from the accused persons, said Tangi wildlife range officer Subash Chandra Behera.
The accused persons were identified as P. Ganesh (26) of Bhikaripalli near Ganjam district’s Chhatrapur and J. Ajub (35) of Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh.
Species of the seized dead birds are yet to be identified, he said.
“The accused were carrying the dead birds in a bag. During patrolling, wildlife officials caught them red-handed,” said Behera.
With this duo, at least six bird poachers have been arrested by wildlife personnel in the lake within a month, while five cases have been registered at Tangi range so far. As many as 40 dead birds of different species have been seized from the poachers, he said.
“We have set up 19 anti-poaching camps to keep an eye on bird hunters,” said a senior wildlife officer.
Of these, 11 camps have been set up in Tangi range, the most vulnerable area for bird poaching, he said.
Security in 1100-sq .km lagoon has also been strengthened by engaging country-made boats to patrol in the lake; he said.
They have also sought police deployment in and around the lake to prevent poaching.
The birds, mostly from beyond the Himalayas, Northern Eurasia, Caspian region, Siberia, Kazakh, Lake Baikal and the remote areas of Russia and neighboring countries, visit the Chilika every winter and start their homeward journey before onset of summer.