After using a 0.202 rifle to kill the animals, the poachers slit their throats.

Three held for killing endangered blackbucks in KarnatakaImage for representation only/ Courtesy: maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com
news Wildlife Monday, January 23, 2017 - 10:14

Endangered species of animals in Karnataka continue to be hunted down in the state. 

Forest officials arrested three men early on Sunday morning, for allegedly killing two blackbucks in Karnataka’s Kolar district. They were later sent to judicial custody. 

The men reportedly killed the endangered blackbucks in the Badamakanahalli forest area in Kolar. The accused were arrested, while they were trying to shift the carcass into a car. 

According to a report in The New Indian Express, both the blackbucks were two years old and one of them was pregnant. 

The arrested are Mohammed Zibran (30), a resident of Subash Nagar, Bengaluru, Manjunath (50) and Selvam (40) who works at Zibran’s farm house.

After using a 0.202 rifle to kill the animals, the poachers slit their throats, Range Forest Officer Santhosh Kumar said. 

Zibran reportedly does not have a valid licence to use the rifle.

The three men were nabbed after the forest officials got information that a group of persons had entered the forest area to poach deer. They were alerted when they heard gunshots at 5.30 am and rushed to the spot. 

In a similar incident on New Year's Eve, 12 persons including students, techies and a sharpshooter were arrested for poaching two Sambar deer. 

 

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