Poachers shot dead a blackbuck at Kamasara under Jagannath Prasad forest range in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Saturday.

Vulnerable during rains

The carcass of the three-year-old female blackbuck was recovered by forest officials, forest range officer, Jagannath Prasad Anup Kumar Banarjee said.

The group of five poachers, which shot the animal, were from a village in Nayagarh district, he said.

“We have identified the poachers. They will be nabbed soon,” he said. With this around 15 blackbucks have died in the last six months in different parts of the district due to various reasons, including poaching.

The Bhetanai-Balipadara area in the district has been identified as one of the biggest habitats of blackbucks in the country and the people of the area protect them.

During July and August, the blackbucks are vulnerable as their habitat, the farmlands, are filled with rain water.

The herds being out in the open sometimes leads to infighting, road mishaps and falling prey to predators and poachers, a senior forest officer said.

– PTI

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