Following a tip off, Jigme Dorji National Park officials and police in Gasa caught two poachers with a Monal pheasant and two musk pods on the night of November 2.
The men, 28-year-old, and 18-year-old from Baylakha in Wangdue, were caught around 9pm above Gasa dzong, while they were returning from the poaching site, park officials said. The 28-year-old man is a former army personnel.
Park officials said the musk deer (Moschus moschiferus) and monal pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus) were “endangered species”, and protected under schedule I of the forest and nature conservation rules, 2006.
Besides facing penalties for poaching the endangered species, the minimum penalty imposed for the offence of poaching inside a protected area starts from Nu 60,000, park officials said.
The offenders would be fined Nu 30,000 for each musk pod and Nu 5,000 for the monal pheasant. “The park is taking this seriously and is determined to curb anti-poaching activities,” park manager Lhendup Tharchen said.
Officials of the department of forest and park services, however, said they would soon be raising penalties for poaching wildlife and birds and that the department is serious about cracking down on poachers.
The men are under detention and the confiscated products will be handed over to the department of forest and park services.