Imphal: Carcasses of two hog deer with bullet wounds were found on the northern part of Loktak Lake in Manipur on Thursday, forest officials said.

A team of forest officials led by Range Officer Ratankumar had been sent to the spot in search of the poachers involved in the incident.

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Local villagers had reported that they had seen people with sophisticated weapons, including silencers, and hunting dogs, as well as primitive nets wandering in the area for trapping wild animals at night.

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DFO Dr Rebecca Chanu said that these rare species, which are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, are in danger of disappearing from the State entirely if strict actions are not taken against those responsible for these malicious acts.

She urged the local authorities to take immediate action in order to protect the wildlife of the region.