| Tiger Skin Seizure
on Indo-Nepal Border
10th August, 2004
One tiger skin was
seized by the Uttaranchal Forest Department in Banbasa,
a remote town near the Indo-Nepal border, on 10 August
Acting on information provided by the Wildlife Protection
Society of India (WPSI), officials of the Champawat
Forest Division, led by the DFO Mr. Vidyasagar, seized
the skin and arrested one Totha Ram.
WPSI had been receiving field information that Totha
Ram was stockpiling tiger and leopard skins for sale
to Nepalese buyers. Once the location of the skins was
confirmed, WPSI immediately coordinated a raid with
the Forest Department, who recovered the tiger skin
at 5 a.m. on 10 August 2004. At the time of writing,
the team is still searching for the leopard skins.
Banbasa, in Champawat District, has figured in several
other wildlife offences recorded in WPSI’s Database.
It is only one and a half hours away by road from Mahendranagar,
a major business and trade centre in Nepal. In the last
month alone, reported seizures from Nepal amount to
4 tiger skins, 8 leopard skins, 4 sacks of fresh tiger
bones, 6 rhino horns and 1 sack of rhino bones and skins.