Deccan Chronicle - - City - FOR­EST OF­FI­CIALS shifted the deer, which is nearly five years old, to the zoo hospi­tal where it died. DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT,

A spot­ted deer was killed when it bit on a bal­l­like sub­stance that was stuffed with ex­plo­sives. Cops sus­pect that poach­ers had placed the ex­plo­sive in the for­est be­side S.V. Univer­sity, close to the Alipiri-SV Zoo Park road in Tiru­pati.

For­est of­fi­cials re­ceived in­for­ma­tion at about 8.30 am on Satur­day from lo­cals about an in­jured spot­ted deer, whose jaw was shat­tered due to the ex­plo­sion. The of­fi­cials rushed to the spot and shifted the deer, which ap­peared to be nearly five years old, to the zoo hospi­tal where it died at about noon dur­ing treat­ment.

For­est of­fi­cials im­me­di­ately de­ployed their staff to search for more such booby traps in the forests. Of­fi­cials said snif­fer dogs too would be pressed into ser­vice.

Tiru­pati di­vi­sional for­est of­fi­cer M. Na­gar­juna Reddy told this news­pa­per that the deer was in­jured while eat­ing a sub­stance that had ex­plo­sives. “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the killing. We have pressed our staff to check vul­ner­a­ble points in­side the forests so that more an­i­mals are not killed.”

A for­est of­fi­cial on con­di­tion of anonymity said that poach­ers who kill wild boar coat a ball of gun­pow­der with flour. The an­i­mals come to eat the flour but the de­vice ex­plodes when they bite into it. There have been sev­eral in­stances in the past when poach­ers had put up such traps for boars.

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