India: Stepped up vigilance in the State’s forests resulted in a poacher being caught red-handed in Medak district on Tuesday. The man, whose name was not released immediately by Forest Department officials, was caught while he was cutting up a freshly killed Chital stag in Gajireddypalli village of the district.
Incidentally, Chital, or Spotted Deer, is the State Animal. In an indication of how widespread the practice is of erecting illegally electrified wire fences and traps in the State, in Tuesday’s incident too, the poacher had used a similar trap that killed the deer.
According to information released by the Forest Department here, following a tip off, Medak district forest officials rushed to Gajireddypalli village in Medak Forest Range of and caught the man while he was cutting up the Chital stag into smaller chunks of meat.
Officials said they took the man into custody along with the remains of the deer. Cases are being filed under the Forest Protection Act and Wildlife Protection Act against the poacher, the officials said, adding that they were questioning the man and he would be produced in a court shortly.
It may be recalled that very recently, a large male tiger was killed by the same method in Mandamarri town of Mancherial district and the skin was seized on January 24. The skin of another male tiger was seized in Ichoda of Adilabad district on January 5. Officials had then reported that the Ichoda incident related to the poaching of a tiger in Pembi Forest Range of Kawal Tiger Reserve.
Also, this month, two leopards were found poached with wire snares set up by poachers, one in Mancherial district and the other in Nizamabad district.
(Source: The Telangana Today)