Poachers attacked rangers of the Office for the Conservation of the Environment (OCE), Diwan of Royal Court, on Tuesday while hunting Arabian gazelles in Quriyat in Muscat governorate.
A statement issued by OCE, said, ‘A group of poachers threatened the lives of officers in the line of duty.’
On being confronted in the Ras al Shajar Nature Reserve on Tuesday where they killed a number of gazelles, the poachers attacked the wildlife rangers and fled to the mountains.
OCE confirmed that efforts are on by the Royal Oman Police to arrest the poachers.
It called for the maximum possible punishment in accordance with the laws in the country for such criminal behaviour threatening human lives and to prevent recurrence.
According to Article 15 (b) of the Law on Nature Reserves and Wildlife Conservation, anyone who deliberately kills, hunts or smuggles any animal or bird will be imprisoned for a term not less than six months and not more than five years. The law also stipulates a fine not less than RO1,000 and not more than RO5,000 (either of the two).
OCE urged all to be responsible towards the environment and protect wildlife.