Odisha: One Arrested For Poaching Blackbuck In Ganjam

Ganjam: Forest officials have arrested one person for allegedly poaching an endangered blackbuck near Jagannath Prasad village in the district on Sunday.

Forest officials have seized a knife and raw meat of the animal from the accused identified as Prakash Nayak. Forest officials said that the accused was nabbed after they got information about the sale of blackbuck meat in the area.

The Indian blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) is one of the three species of antelopes found in the state. Blackbuck is considered to be the fastest animal in the world next to Cheetah. Due to its restricted distribution and other threats, it is included in the list of Schedule-I species of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and designated as vulnerable.

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