Chief Wildlife Warden Shekhar Kumar Niraj, who was earlier head of TRAFFIC India, an NGO that monitors wildlife trade networks, is the man behind this initiative.
According to forest sleuths, Ambergris is a waxy substance produced in the digestive system of only an estimated 1 per cent of sperm whales. It reportedly has aromatic and medicinal properties.
Ratnakar Rout (51) and Firoj Khan (52), both from the Dhenkanal town, had stored the pangolin scales at a godown in Banasinga area of Sarangi range in the division.
While the crackdown has come as a huge boost to the Forest Department’s enforcement, it has also exposed a worrying factor - poaching of big cats in and across the borders.