Kendrapara, Oct 4 (LocalWire): Forest officials have arrested two poachers and seized the carcass of a wild boar from them on Sunday from Kansaradiha reserve forest within Bhitarkanika national park of Kendrapara district.
“Acting on a tip-off, forest officials raided the reserve forest and arrested both the poachers – Ashis Pradhan (36) of Batighar village and Himanshu Maiti (45) of Barakolikhola village.
During interrogation, both the arrested persons admitted that they killed a wild boar in the mangrove forest after trapping the animal.
The arrested poachers were booked under sections 9, 27, 29 and 35 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972,” said Sahaji Charana Biswal the forest range officer of the park.
Poachers often trap wild boars and spotted deer by spreading nylon ropes in the mangrove forest and its nearby areas, and kill the animals.
Some poachers also use trained dogs to kill the animals.
Six years ago, the forest officials had arrested some poachers along with their trained dogs.
“The large population of deer and wild boars are not getting sufficient fodder and water inside the park areas for which the animals often stray into the nearby village fields and water bodies to quench their thirst for which the poachers easily kill them,” said Hemant Rout, an environmentalist and secretary of Gahirmatha Marine Turtle and Mangrove Conservation Society (GMTMCS) of Rajnagar.
Around 450 poachers have been arrested in the last two decades on the charges of killing around 200 spotted deer, wild boars, many birds and three crocodiles.
Despite the high incidence of poaching of animals, the conviction rate of arrested poachers continues to be nil due to the slipshod attitude of the forest officials which conduct the cases.
The jinx, though, was broken two years back with the conviction of two poachers on the charges of killing birds in Bhitarkanika.
Still, the conviction rate has been zero in the cases of deer, boars and crocodile poaching.
Around 80 poaching cases are pending in the court since more than five years.
The long delay of the trial is the main reason behind the acquittal of many poachers, added Rout.