Forestry officers detained a dog with suspected poachers. Now they don’t know what to do with it

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Officials from the Mugu Divisional Forestry Bureau faced a strange problem, caused by a dog.

On March 28, the Departmental Forestry Office arrested four people for their alleged involvement in poaching. They were accompanied by a hunting dog. So the dog was also detained with them.

The divisional forestry office prosecuted the four people – Chyampa Tamang, Dawa Choden Tamang, Tashi Tamang and Chimek Tamang from Mugum Karmarong – for poaching.

On May 26, Mugu District Court decided to release Chyampa and her son Dawa on bail of Rs 70,000 each while Tashi and Chimek were released on a general date.

No court order was issued for the dog as he was named as a defendant.

Forest officials are now puzzled over what to do with the furry animal that has been in their care for two and a half months.

Because the forestry office had only filed charges against four suspected poachers, the court did not rule on the dog, according to court officials.

Bidhya Raj Budha, an information officer at Mugu District Court, said that in the registered poaching case, the word “dog” was not mentioned when the case was filed.

“So how can the court decide?” said Buddha.

Dawa Chorden, in his statement to the court, said he saw a goral (Himalayan goral, goat-antelope) grazing on its way to the nearby watermill. He turned around and went home to get his hunting dog to kill the squirrel.

The incident was reported to the police after villagers saw him with the dead goral .

The police immediately arrested the four people as well as the dog and confiscated the goral and handed it over to the Division Forestry Office.

According to Division Forest Officer Gagan Mahatara, a decision was not made whether to release the dog or kill it as there was no court order.

Mahatara said the forestry office was struggling to care for the dog.

“The office has already spent Rs 25,000 on feeding the dog,” Mahara said. “The office allocates a budget for livestock but not for dogs. We use the same fund to feed the dog.

According to the Division’s Bureau of Forestry, the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act provides for the slaughter of hunting dogs after receiving orders from the proper authorities. But the office was unable to make a decision about the dog they detained about two and a half months ago.

Forest officials are not in favor of leaving the dog unsupervised, as they fear it will harm wildlife.

“He’s a hunting dog,” Mahatara said. “If we release him, he can kill wild animals.”

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