Four persons, including a boy, who hunted a deer in Bhavanisagar Forest Range in Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR), were arrested by the Forest Department here on September 13.
A team led by C. Sivakumar, Range Officer, including S. Karnan, Forester, Kothamangalam Pirivu, were patrolling the Varapallam forest area when they found that the four laid a wire snare and were monitoring the movement of wild animals.
When they saw the team, they attempted to escape from the spot. But, they were caught by the team. They were identified as N. Odisamy, 58, of Kudil Nagar, S. Karthick, 27, of Pudhubeerkadavu, M. Subash, 30, of Indira Nagar and a boy. Odisamy was already arrested for hunting a deer on June 27, 2023 and was out on conditional bail. Also, Karthick’s brother Paul Dinakaran was arrested for hunting a tiger on July 27, 2023, and was on conditional bail.
The team seized a knife and snare wires. Inquiries revealed they had laid the wires on September 10 at Varapallam in which a deer was trapped, and died. They sold the venison and shared the money. Again, they laid the wires on September 13 with the intention to earn money, the officials said. All the three were produced in a court in Sathyamangalam and lodged at prison on Thursday, while the boy was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board and lodged at a borstal.