Forest officials have seized carcasses of two peacocks from Kishanpura village in Bundi district on Sunday and suspect poachers killed another seven by poisoning them.
The forest department has lodged a poaching case against unidentified persons under relevant sections of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The peacock enjoys protected status under Schedule I of the Act. The killing of a peacock can draw imprisonment up to seven years and also a fine not less than Rs 10,000.
“The poachers spread poisonous food for killing the peacocks… They took away the dead birds but left behind carcasses of two peacocks,” assistant conservator of forest, wildlife department, Bundi, Satish Jain told HT.
The recovery of feathers from the spot led us to assume that around seven more peacocks were poached, Jain added.
The nomadic Kanjars are known to have poached peacock for its meat due to a belief among their women that consumption of peacock meat would turn them beautiful, the wildlife official said, adding that the wildlife department has been spreading awareness among the community to stop peacock poaching.
There were two incidents of peacock poaching in different areas of Bundi district last month in which nearly 18 peacocks were killed, he added.