Trio releases around 50 rabbits into MTR , fined Rs 75,000

Three persons were slapped with a fine of Rs 75,000 for reportedly releasing rabbits into the wild in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve on Tuesday night.
The rabbits rescued by the Forest department
The rabbits rescued by the Forest department


According to sources, Forest Department staff, on a routine patrol, noticed three men letting rabbits into the wild by parking a truck along the reserve forest on the Thorapalli-Kargudi national highway. The department staff secured the three persons and also recovered the rabbits released into the forest cover by them as it is an offence to release domestic animals into the wild.

Inquiries identified the trio as Selvaraj, Madan and Palanisamy, and revealed that they had the rabbits reared in a farm in Coimbatore. As the number of rabbits in the farm had grown manifold, they had decided to release over 100 of them into the forest area. They had reportedly released several rabbits along the forest boundary in other areas of the district in a similar manner, but were caught when they came to the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve with around 50 rabbits.

The three were released after they paid the fine amount of Rs 75,000.

Meanwhile, the 50-odd rabbits rescued were taken in possession by the Forest Department, and they are likely to be handed over to the government zoological park, sources said.

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