Mangaluru , July 29, 2019:Forest Department officials in Kukke Subrahmanya arrested two persons on the charge of hunting and killing three giant squirrels in the reserve forest near the temple town on Sunday.
According to Tyagaraj, Range Forest Officer, Kukke Subrahmanya, the officials have launched a search for two more accused who are absconding.
Giant squirrels are protected animals under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. They are Schedule II animals under the Act which provides absolute protection. The hunting was noticed at Posara Thodu area in the reserve forest at about 2.15 p.m.
Mr. Tyagaraj said that Honnappa K. (42) of Charmata House, Nalkuru village, Nadugallu in Sullia taluk, and Ramesh P.K. (42) of Kallugudde House, Kukke Subrahmanya village in Kadaba taluk, were the arrested persons.
The officials have launched a search for Subrahmanya D. of Ambekallu House in Nalkuru village, Sullia taluk, and Subrahmanya Noochila of Noochila village, Subrahmanya in Kadaba taluk. These are two accused who are absconding. The officials have seized a double-barrel gun and cartridge from the accused.
Assistant Conservator of Forest Austin and Mr. Tyagaraj are further investigating the case.