Man held for poaching birds near Tindivanam

Officials seize carcasses of 13 cattle egrets, five night herons from him

Published - February 07, 2022 01:34 pm IST - VILLUPURAM

Forest Department personnel with the accused A. Sankar and the seized carcasses of birds.

Forest Department personnel with the accused A. Sankar and the seized carcasses of birds.

Officials of the Villupuram Forest Department on Sunday arrested a man on charges of poaching and selling birds at Sanjeevirayanpettai near Tindivanam.

The accused, identified as A. Sankar, 52, was nabbed by a team led by Tindivanam Range Forest Officer R.M Perumal and Forester P. Thirumalai, based on a tip-off. The officials seized carcasses of 13 cattle egrets and five night herons from him.

Forest Department personnel said the accused had trapped the birds using snares at a waterbody in Singanur near Jakkampettai. Samples of the carcasses were collected for investigation and the rest were buried as per court orders. Sankar was produced before a local court and remanded in custody.

Both the species are listed in Schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act (1972).

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