3 Leopard skins seized in Uttarakhand

Acting on information provided by WPSI, three leopard skins and a vehicle were seized by the Uttarakhand Forest Department on Sunday, 26 July 2009. The raid took place in a hotel at Birhi, near Chamoli, which comes under the Bhadrinath Forest Division. One person was arrested while three people are absconding.

New Delhi, Delhi, July 27, 2009 /India PRwire/ -- Acting on information provided by WPSI, three leopard skins and a vehicle were seized by the Uttarakhand Forest Department on Sunday, 26 July 2009. The raid took place in a hotel at Birhi, near Chamoli, which comes under the Bhadrinath Forest Division. One person was arrested while three people are absconding. All the accused belong to the Chamoli district. The raiding party, which was assisted by WPSI, was led by ACF Mr Tripathi. The leopards are believed to have been killed in the Nizmullah valley.

A Himalayan black bear was also found shot by poachers in the Bhadrinath Forest Division on 25 July. The gall bladder and fat had been removed from the body.

During the last six months, at least 16 leopard skins have been seized in the state of Uttarakhand.

On the evening of 25 July, timber poachers shot at a forest guard in the Surai Range of Terai East Division. The forest guard was seriously injured and has been hospitalised.

Notes to Editor

The WILDLIFE PROTECTION SOCIETY OF INDIA (WPSI) was founded in 1994 by renowned tiger conservationist and wildlife activist Belinda Wright. From its inception, WPSI's aim has been to bring a new focus to the daunting task of tackling India's growing wildlife crisis. It does this by providing support, information, and training to government authorities to combat poaching and the escalating illegal wildlife trade - particularly in wild tigers. The Society also supports conservation projects and awareness programmes throughout the country, and works with the growing problem of human-animal conflict involving tigers, leopards and elephants. WPSI constantly liaises with policy makers and conservation agencies, and is in the forefront of India’s wildlife protection efforts.

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