poachers are posing a threat to common coot, which is being sold for its meat. The bird, known as bhagatdo, is found on the periphery of Ajwa and Simda lakes in Vadodara. According to sources, in Rampura village near Ajwa lake, a hunting party has set up its own marketing network which has customers relishing common coot for just Rs 35. Says naturalist Geeta Padte, "The poaching of these birds cannot be ruled out." R M Patel, deputy conservator of forests (social forestry) says: "The coot is a schedule IV animal, an important bird for waterbody ecosystems. Killing the bird or keeping it in captivity is a punishable offence under the Wildlife Protection Act."
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.