Kendrapara, May 12 (LocalWire): Forest officials on Sunday seized nine kilograms of boarmeat after raiding the house of a poacher in village Khamarasahi within Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district.
The poachers, Anil Mohanty and Subash Jena, however, escaped and a search was on, said Subrat Patra, the forest range officer of the park.
‘Acting on tip.off that two men killed a wild boar in the mangrove forest areas within the park, we raided the house and seized the meat,’ added the forest officer.
‘We filed a case against the poachers under sections 9, 27, 29 and 35 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
We are raiding the hideouts to arrest the poachers,’ added the forest officer.
Spotted deer, wild boars, sambars and other animals are now heading towards the nearby villages in search of water due to non availability of sufficient sweet water inside the forest during summer.
‘There is, therefore, an increase in human-animal conflict in the summer as water resources dry up in the forests and to quench their thirst animals venture out of the forest in search of water,’ said Hemant Rout, an environmentalist and the secretary of Marine turtle and mangrove conservation society (MTMCS), Kendrapara.
‘It is common to spot spotted deer and wild boars in the evening near our village pond in the summer.
We never kill the animals. But some poachers target the animals near the village water bodies,’ said Pradip Das of Dangamala village.