The Hindu

Sniffer dog cracks his first case: bison poaching in West Bengal

Use of dogs has been very successful in solving wildlife crimes

- Shiv Sahay Singh

Forest officials in West Bengal have arrested a person in Jalpaiguri district for killing a bison (Indian Gaur). The incident occurred in the Gorumara National Park, where the carcass of a bison was found in the forest on Wednesday evening.

On Thursday morning, a sniffer dog called Orlando took the forest officials to a house in Tilabari of Matiailli block, a few kilometres away from the site of the carcass of the animal. Raw and cooked meat was recovered from the house of Somra Munda. Munda was arrested and produced before a court in the district.

Janmejay Pal, Additional Divisional Forest Officer, Gorumara Wildlife Division, said that the accused had killed the wild animal for meat. A horn of the bison was also recovered from the house. The forest official said that sniffer dog Orlando had been deputed only a few months ago. This was the first case for the Belgian Malinois dog.

The practice of introducin­g sniffer dogs to solve cases of wildlife crime has resulted in considerab­le success in different States.

While there have been reports of poaching of rhinos in north Bengal, poaching of bison is relatively less common.

 ?? THE HINDU ■ ?? An Indian Gaur.
THE HINDU ■ An Indian Gaur.

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