In yet another case of bird poaching in Orissa's Chilika lake, wintering ground for lakhs of winged guests, wildlife officials have seized at least four dead birds from a poacher.
The alleged poacher, identified as Kishor Sahu of Ujala Gopinathpur village, was arrested while he was returning from the lake yesterday, official sources said in Berhampur today.
The seized birds, identified as gadwall and pintails, were sent for postmortem, said a senior wildlife officer.
This was the fifth poaching case detected by wildlife and police personnel in the Chilika lake during this winter, in which at least six persons were allegedly involved. Though 36 birds of different species were seized, only three persons have been arrested so far, sources said.
On Friday, the forest officials had seized 16 dead birds, one pintail and 15 Indian moorhen near Sorana area.
Bird poachers turn active when lakhs of migratory birds swoop down to spend winter in the Chilika lake.
Over four lakh birds have already descended on the vast Chilika lake so far this year. The majority of them, has however, congregated in the Nalabana bird sanctuary area.
Although poaching was noticed in the lake, hunting was not reported from the bird sanctuary area.
The birds arrive from far-off places like the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, remote parts of Russia, Central and South-East Asia, Ladakh and the Himalayas.