By Sunil K. Vaidya
Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs forest rangers have caught two people for poaching in Al Saleel National Park in Al Kamil W’al Wafi area, about 200km east of Muscat.
“Two citizens were caught for trespassing and poaching by the park rangers with the help of Royal Oman Police (ROP),” Dawood Bin Sulaiman Al Beloushi, spokesman for the ministry, told Gulf News.
He added that the poachers had killed two adult Arabian gazelle and had also caught a calf alive but the rangers apprehended both the accused before they could harm the calf.
According to Al Beloushi, the poachers had used traditional as well as some other light firearms in hunting down the animals. Both the accused were handed over to the Public Prosecution for further investigations before a court case against them.
Al Beloushi said that it was difficult to speculate on why they went hunting until the investigations were over. However, he agreed that there was a possibility of smuggling the Arabian gazelle – dead or alive - out of Oman.
He appealed to residents not to violate the laws on wildlife and nature reserves. The ministry is also keen to preserve the natural resources to develop and sustain these resources. More....