| TIGER SKIN, LEOPARD
SKIN AND IVORY SEIZED IN KERALA
4th July, 2003
A tiger skin, one
leopard skin and a pair of tusks were seized by the
Forest Department, with the assistance of WPSI, in the
Kannur Forest Division in Kerala on Monday, 23 June.
The operation was carried out by the Divisional Forest
Officer, Mr K.K. Chandran, with the help of Range Officers
Mr. K. Rajan and Mr. P.P. Venugopal. Three people were
arrested two are residents of Kannur and the third is
a resident of Kozhikode. The accused, who were trying
to sell the skins and tusks, said that they had collected
the goods from Sulthan Bathery in the District of Wynad.
The town of Sulthan Bathery, which lies near the state
border with Karnataka, is a known centre for wildlife
crime and a number of cases of elephant poaching and
ivory trade have occurred in this area. Two elephants,
a leopard and a bear have been found dead in the Wynad
District within the last four weeks.