The Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary staff arrested three local poachers for killing two sambars and a wild boar on Sunday.
The accused have been identified as Govinda Madavi, 50, Tarachand Madavi, 45, and Pravin Bankar, 22, all hailing from Wanoda in Kuhi, adjoining the sanctuary.
According to RFO GF Luche, the trio were regular poachers and had electrocuted the animals last Friday by laying live wire traps in their farm adjoining the sanctuary.
"Our staff kept a watch near the farm and on Sunday night, we deliberately tripped the power line in the wee hours. Assuming that some animal must have died the accused reached the farm where they were arrested," said Luche.
Honorary wildlife warden Roheet Karoo, who was part of the operation, said the staff including round officer VV Bhoyar seized 15kg aluminium wires, traps, one spear and knives from the accused. The wires were stolen from MSEB premises.
The MSEB has also decided to book the accused and snapped their power connection. One of the poachers Rajsingh Pendam, who has sambar skins, is absconding.