Chamarajanagar: An inter-state gang of tiger poachers from Haryana were arrested in the periphery of Kollegal wildlife range of BRT Tiger Reserve on Saturday, a senior forest official said.
The six-member gang, including a woman, had come from that state with the sole purpose of poaching tigers, Director, BRT (Biligiri Ranganathittu) Tiger Reserve, Vijay Mohan Raj said in a press release.
During questioning, they said they had been sent by two persons from Haryana with clear instructions and directions on how to reach the area. They operated from a temporary camp outside the reserve.
The poachers said familiarised themselves with the terrain and tiger movements four to six days and camped in a narrow cave deep inside the valley to avoid detection by patrols.
The poachers, all expert trackers, also led officials to areas where they had set up three traps, Raj said.
He said their modus-operandi was to activate the traps at night, dismantle them in the morning and hide it at nearby places for subsequent use.
The operation was carried out on alerts from National Tiger Conservation Authority, Delhi and inputs from State Wildlife Wing, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wild life) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Karnataka Forest Department.
Further support and information were given by Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Wildlife Trust of India and Voice for Wildlife Trust, Mysore.
The release said the arrest has clearly brought out the fact that poachers specifically target protected areas with tiger population.
Keeping this in mind, surveillance, monitoring and protection in these areas and other forests has been increased, it said.