BHUBANESWAR: Three poachers were arrested from Baisipalli wildlife sanctuary under Satkosia Tiger Reserve (STR) by the anti-poaching squad on Friday.
Meat and skin of a barking deer, which the poachers had hunted during the night, and a country-made gun were seized from their possession.
The poachers were apprehended by the patrolling unit comprising Range Officer Rabi Nayak of Banigochha West Range, two foresters, three forest guards and four anti-poaching squads. The patrolling squad nabbed them while they were tracking a herd of spotted deer after killing the barking deer.
The poachers have admitted to have killed the barking deer. They had been hired by a person to hunt deer for meat and skin and provided with the gun. The main accused is, however, absconding. Forest officials have launched a search operation with help of local police.