The Telegraph
Wednesday , January 18 , 2012
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Dog traces poachers’ route

Guwahati, Jan. 17: The Belgian Malinois dog, Jorba, which has been brought from Slovakia to help forest officials in Assam track down poachers, has been able to provide some clues about the killing of a female rhino in Kaziranga on January 15.

Though the rhino died after being shot by poachers, they could not take out its horn because of the alertness of the staff. The incident happened at Bagori range and under the Kowaimari anti-poaching camp.

“The forest staff posted there reacted immediately and fired at the poachers who had to flee,” a source in the park said. So, the horn remained intact, he added. “The dog was requisitioned yesterday by Kaziranga National Park authorities and it trekked for about 4.5km,” a source said today.

The dog managed to track the footprints and some other evidences, such as empty shells of cartridges. It also located the place from where the poachers had begun their journey. “Though the culprits had escaped, the dog got to the place where some people who had helped the poachers were residing,” the official said.

Two persons have been picked up in this connection. “The dry weather also helped the dog track down the place of poachers,” the source said. It was “amazing” to know that the dog could trace the route, he added.

Jorba, financed by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, has been brought to Assam by Aaranyak, an NGO. The foundation has been supporting a wildlife crime-monitoring programme since 1994 with Aaranyak. The dog was earlier put to service at Pobitora wildlife sanctuary on October 14 after a rhino was killed.

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