The Bhitarkanika National Park Forest personnel have arrested the kingpin of an organised deer poaching racket while making a seizure of raw spotted-deer meat from the protected mangrove forest areas.
The arrested culprit made a candid confession that the racket used to trap and kill wild boar and deer species at regular intervals.
“Besides the raw meat, nets and nylon loops used for trapping the animals was seized during a raid in Batighar-Hukitola protected forest block within the core area of the national park.
The kingpin of the poaching racket Sukadeb Bhakta (40) was intercepted from the spot while another member of the racket managed to flee.
They had spread out nylon nets with loops to ensnare the deer and wild boar.
The gang was actively indulged in wildlife poaching activity in recent past. They were adept in the poaching of wild boar and deer species”, said the Forest Range Officer, Mahakalpada, Mr Bijoy Kumar Parida.
The Forest department has intensified vigil on poaching activity with the constitution of anti-poaching squads to keep round-the-clock watch.
A couple of days back, the forest personnel had taken into custody two persons involved in smuggling endangered chameleons from Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary.
A rare and exotic species of chameleon was recovered from the arrested duo while the species was being smuggled out from Kharinasi ferry ghat under Mahakalpada police station jurisdiction.