By M. Raghuram
With monsoon in full swing, poachers have got into their act - catching frogs and turtles for the tables in Goa and Maharashtra. During monsoon, the richly-forested areas of Uttara Kannada resonate with croaks of millions of frogs of different species. For the poachers’ ears, the croaks of the frogs is sweet music. For, the frogs from western ghats are considered a delicacy by foodies in the neighbouring states.
Frog poaching in Uttara Kannada was on the rise and the department had been catching poachers in dozens every monsoon season, official said. Poachers go deep into the forests of Uttara Kannada during monsoon, bagging a large bounty of frogs and smuggle them into Goa through Pollem, and through Sindhudurg into Maharashtra.
Activists of Uttara Kannada working on wild life conservation have been helping forest department in catching the poachers, but there were too many operating, say forest officials.
The poachers’ term for frog, is ‘mountain chicken’ while communicating with people handling their supply chain across the border. Both Goa and Maharashtra have banned catching frogs in bulk for edible purposes, although catching the amphibians for dissection in laboratories of schools and colleges for scientific is allowed, say Forest officials of Uttara Kannada district. More....