Forest officials had built around 40 wooden barricades around rivers and ponds near Bhitarkanika to prevent crocodiles from straying into the water bodies.
Acting on a tip-off, forest officials raided a spot in the forest and arrested Shibashambhu Tarai, Madhu Mahalik and Niranjan Mandal of Iswarapur village.
Forest range officer of Bhitarkanika National Park Dhaneswar Rath said it is not unusual for snakes like Russell’s Viper to sneak into villages.
The incident occurred after the endangered freshwater Indian Peacock softshell turtle got stuck in the nets of a fisherman near Bhitarkanika National Park on September 8.
The population of monsoon birds has increased in Bhitarkanika National Park this nesting season.
The baby gharial was caught in the net of a fisherman in Paika river.
Pressure on freshwater supply and climate change are not the only perils Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary stares at in not so distant future.
The issue of encroachments and illegal construction in mangrove forest surfaced after locals sought demolition of all unauthorised structures recently.
Besides the indirect influence through loss of mangroves, salinity also directly impacts fish development and growth.
The Ramsar site is home to the largest population of salt water crocodiles, rookery for Olive Ridley turtles as well as a cushion against natural calamities.
Around 2,500 baby crocodiles were born in Bhitarkanika National Park recently.
Former Rajnagar MLA Ansuman Mohanty said due to substandard repair and construction work, the main roads in these villages are replete with crater-like potholes.
She started shouting but instead of waiting for any help, she pricked the eyes of the young crocodile.
The deceased was identified as 45-year-old Basant Parida, a farmer. This is the fourth attack in three months around the park.
The park was closed for visitors from May 1 to July 31 during the mating and nesting seasons of saltwater crocodiles but due to COVID-19, the Forest department extended the closure period to August 8.