Even as avian visitors throng Chilika lagoon in thousands, hunting of the migratory birds has reared its ugly head. The wildlife authorities on Sunday detected the first case of poaching and arrested a person from Balipatpur.
The Tangi Range of Chilika Wildlife Division seized a dead Open Bill Stork from Nimai Mandal, a local villager. A snare and net were also recovered from his possession. Balipatpur is located near Bhushandapur where the birds roost in large numbers.
This year, about 1.70 lakh birds have already converged at Chilika. Of them, 1.3 lakh are in the 16-sq km Nalabana Sanctuary. Currently, wigeons are in the majority.