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Poacher arrested with rare bird species

A poacher who had 23 birds of a rare species caged at his home to be sold for students and tourists, was arrested by Mundel Police on April 02.

The suspect had previously sold about 76 pigeons near a place of worship in the same area as well, a police officer told the Daily News. He is to be produced before the Puttalam Magistrate along with the birds.

A police chief in Kurunegala told the Daily News that around 233 persons who had committed acts of vandalism and poaching within government forest reserves, were arrested during the past two months.