Leopard Killed in Buxa
1st Dec., 2004
A group of poachers
killed a highly endangered clouded leopard in Buxa Tiger
Reserve, West Bengal, on 23 November 2004. This is the
second incident of poaching in the same area of the
Reserve within the last six months.
According to Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI)
sources, around 10 poachers entered the Reserve from
the neighboring state of Assam and were challenged by
a Forest Department patrol. After an exchange of fire
from both sides, the poachers fled the scene. They left
behind the carcass of a 5 to 6 year old female clouded
leopard. The body was burnt after the post mortem was
conducted inside the forest.
Forest officials also recovered some locally manufactured
arms from the site. No person has been arrested so far.
The Reserve has a long border with Assam, and a porous
border with neighboring Bhutan. These factors, coupled
with a difficult terrain, make it relatively easy for
poachers to enter the Reserve. In March, poachers had
killed a tusker in the same area, but could not be apprehended.