By Sunil K. Vaidya
Environmentalists, with the help of the Royal Oman Police, arrested six hunters from the Saih Alala area in Jalan Bani Bu Ali for killing at least ten Arabian gazelles. “They poached these gazelles from the mountains of Wadi Khawan (about 180-km north-east of Muscat),” Ahmad Al Sibli, a spokesman for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, told Gulf News.
He said the carcasses of 10 Arabian gazelles, allegedly hunted down by the six Omanis, were found when the accused were arrested from Jalan Bani Bu Ali, about 250km east of Muscat . “The raiding team also confiscated traditional firearms used in hunting down these Arabian gazelles,” he added.
He said the raid was conducted after the rangers, with the ministry, were tipped off about the hunting activities of the six suspects in the eastern region.
The six suspects, he added, were taken into custody and legal action will be taken against them.
Al Sibli pointed out that the ministry was determined to fight any attempts by poachers to hunt in the protected areas of Oman.
In May, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs’ forest rangers caught two people who were poaching in the Al Saleel National Park in Al Kamil w’al Wafi area, about 200km east of Muscat. More....