Poaching of birds continues at Chilika

Berhampur: The wildlife sleuths have seized 6 more dead migratory birds from the poachers from Sorana area inside the Chilika lake, police said today. Three poachers were arrested in this connection last evening, divisional forest officer (Chilika wildlife) BP Acharya said adding that about 2 kilogram of fresh bird meat, a country-made boat and other materials used for poaching were seized from them.

Most of the dead birds were identified as Moorhen and Coot, Acharya said here while attending a workshop organized by the Department of Forest and Berhampur University. With this latest incident, he said five poaching cases were registered since October. In the last two months, the wildlife personnel sized around 42 birds including 38 dead ones and arrested five persons. Another five to six poachers were at large, he said.

Thousands of different species of birds from far off places like the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Russia, central and south East Asia, Ladakh and the Himalayas flew here during onset of winter and they start their return journey from the first week of March.

The DFO said over six lakh migratory birds have come to the?1100-sq km?Chilika Lake so far. Majority of them have congregated in the 59.65 sq km Nalabana bird sanctuary area inside the lagoon. At least 18 camps were set up in different parts of the lake to keep vigil on the birds. The wildlife, police personnel and local activists were keeping eye on the poachers, the DFO said.