By Tanden Zangmo
The apprehended miscreants who were poaching inside protected park areas in the high altitude zones of JSWNP were caught after officials recovered one of the culprit’s CID from the vicinity of the crime scene
Poaching in the country, like in many other nations, is fast becoming rampant with reports of confiscation and clandestine incidents happening frequently, especially across the government reserved forests.
With the Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) taking poachers and illegal wildlife traders head on, it has in the recent times, apprehended many culprits involved in the illegal practice. Most miscreants were caught in the act within the government reserved forests or within the protected areas.
In the most recent case, a team of forest officials from Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP) in Trongsa, while on patrol in the park areas, especially those in the high altitude caught and apprehended four poachers. According to the park officials, the surveillance team despatched earlier in November this year, encountered the poachers at the base of the Black Mountain in the place called Joe Dorshingla.
Joe Dorshingla, about three days walking from the park head office in Trongsa is situated 4,925 meters above the sea level in the deep jungles, away from any human settlements. Except for the rugged terrain, fenced by the towering mountains on all four sides, secluded in the heart of wilderness, the place offered just the right environment for the poachers.
JSWNP park manager Kezang Wangchuk said they suspected poaching in the area since a very long time. Although the park has been carrying out regular anti-poaching patrolling, due to its inaccessibility, the poachers used it to their advantage.
Upon investigation, the park’s anti-poaching team found that the poachers were involved in illegally killing atleast three musk deer and two Monal pheasant birds. In addition, the park officials have also confiscated bags of bush, musk deer pods and feathers of Monal pheasants.
The crime also includes killing of an additional two female and one male musk deer, and another one male Monal pheasant. More....