By Dawa Gyelmo
Police in Gasa and officials of Jigme Dorji national park (JDNP) arrested a 33-year-old man for the alleged poaching of musk deer on the night of November 7, while three men are still at large.
That was the second arrest of poachers within eight days in the locality.
Park officials and police caught two men, aged 28 and 18, on the night of November 2 for the alleged poaching of monal pheasant and musk deer.
Following a tip off on the night of November 6, police and JDNP officials waited for the four poachers at the junction of the road to tsachu and Gasa town.
Park ranger Karma Jamtsho said, of the four men, two walked ahead using torchlight, and two followed carrying bags, without using any lights.
Although forest officials and police arrested the first man, three escaped. “We shouted and warned them we’d shoot but they didn’t stop,” the park ranger said.
The arrested man told park officials that he and his three friends were from Baylakha in Wangduephodrang, and they had killed one musk deer.
Park officials said records maintained by the park showed the same group of poachers were caught in August for suspected poaching, but were released without evidence to detain them.
Park officials said most of the poachers were from Baylakha and they were repeat offenders. Ranger Karma Jamtsho said they always sensitised people to be careful when they saw new faces in the town. More....