Udupi, Oct 11: The Forest Department arrested two persons on the charges of hunting and killing a mouse deer at Hosatopplu near Kabinale in Karkala taluk on Wednesday.
According to Subrahmanya Achar, Range Forest Officer, Hebri, the mouse deer is on the verge of extinction. A group of four hunters had shot the mouse deer and were transporting its carcass in a car, when they were caught.
Of the four in the car, two managed to escape, while the Forest Department staff arrested two persons – Moideen Kunhi and Shahul Hameed from Bantwal taluk.
Abdur Hamid and Sudhakar were absconding. The staff also confiscated a rifle, torchlights, knives, the carcass of the mouse deer and the car from the accused. Investigation is on, Mr. Achar said.
Karkala: 2 arrested for hunting mouse deer; car, rifle seized; 2 others escape