Poachers target peacocks in Uttar Pradesh

March 25th, 2008 - 3:25 pm ICT by admin  

Lucknow, March 25 (IANS) Poachers in Uttar Pradesh appear to be now targeting the country’s national bird peacock. Nearly two-dozen peacocks have been found dead in mysterious circumstances over the past two weeks in the state.

Wildlife authorities are baffled over two recent cases of peacock deaths.

Close on the heels of last week’s “mysterious” death of 16 peacocks in a village in Bulandshahr district, seven peacocks were “found dead” in two neighbouring agricultural farms near Bakewar village of Etawah district Monday afternoon.

“We have got FIRs registered against the suspected poachers in the police stations concerned in both the cases,” UP’s Chief Wildlife Conservator D.S.S. Suman told IANS here Tuesday.

Suman did not rule out the possibility that the peacocks had been poisoned. “In Bulandshahr we discovered that the peacocks had died after feeding on the mango pods that were sprayed with pesticides and insecticides,” he said.

“However, in Etawah, there was prima facie reason to suspect poisoning as our officials found some corn lying around the dead peacocks in an area where there is no corn to be found at this time of the year.”

He said: “We are not taking these incidents lightly and will surely get to the root of these peacock deaths so that the guilty can be brought to book.”

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