A Sambar deer was today rescued from the clutches of poachers by a youth in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, forest officials said.
The incident occurred when one Vinod Pansotra noticed some hunters following a deer in Chak village of Kathua district. He rescued the deer from his agricultural field when they were trying to kill it, they said.
The deer was later handed over to a wild life protection team.
A number of wild animals become target for hunters when during cold weather they come down from hilly areas to plains in search of food and shelter.
The Sambar deer would be released in the forest after treatment, officer at wild life protection cell, Joginder Paul said.