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Monday, April 19, 2021

    Hunters on Prowl: Kaziranga Animals at Risk

    Poaching of wild lives may go up this time due to joblessness among many owing to COVID 19 situation and flood crisis

    Guwahati: With floodwaters continued to impact wildlife in Kaziranga National Park (KNP) forcing animals to stray out of the protected areas in search for highlands, incidents of poaching of Hog deer, a schedule I animal, has shot up recently.

    A section of locals in few fringe areas have been found to be resorting to deer hunting for meat and body parts in the area.

    On Saturday, the Kabri Anglong Police along with the park security succeeded to thwart a similar attempt at Rongmongwe in the hill district and held at least five persons.

    “A rifle was also seized from their possession,” said park officials.

    However, this was not the first time that hunters were found to be lurking at their opportunity to kill deer for meat and body parts.

    In five separate incidents, at least three persons have been recently arrested by the Crime Investigation Range (CIR) and Central Range sleuths under Biswanath wildlife division in June alone.

    Park officials said that though the forest guards have been nabbing such miscreants and poachers over the time, the numbers of such crimes were expected to be high this time due to joblessness amongst many owing to COVID 19 situation.

    As per the Park authority, some 35 wild animals including 30 hog deer have already died due to the current flood situation in the park. The Hog deer population in Kaziranga was estimated to be around 37000 in 2017-2018.

    Though the floodwaters were receding, around 65 per cent of the KNP area continued to be still underwater.

    The park authority said that 32 camps out of the total 223 camps inside the park were also remained inundated. The flood forced the park authority to vacate three camps.


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