Arrest of three poachers for killing a boar in the mangrove forest of Gahirmatha forest block has put Bhitarkanika National Park on alert.
On December 15, two constables of Odisha police were arrested for poaching in the core area of the tiger reserve.
70 persons arrested in the district under Wildlife Protection Act.
The duo was identified as Ghanashyam Behera and Jitendra Pradhan. Sources said four poachers were carrying the pangolin on two bikes when forest officials gave them a chase.
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Police have seized electric wire, sticks and cut pieces of plastic wiring pipes.
A manhunt has been launched to nab the rest five poachers, said DFO Prakash Chand Gogineni.
Poachers often trap boars and spotted deer by spreading nylon ropes in the mangrove forest and its nearby areas.
Forest officials of Nabarangpur division seized three leopard hides and arrested four poachers from near Tentulikhunti jungle on Friday.
The team seized horns of two-spotted deer, an air rifle, four snares, a net, and a knife from the house.
The sleuths had recovered 13 claws and two canines, along with 1.5 kg of deer meat, two bikes, double barrel guns and poaching tools from the accused.
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