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Leopard Skin & Other Wildlife Items Seized in Uttarakhand


20 April 2007
 
One leopard skin and a number of other wildlife items were seized by the Uttarakhand Forest Department in Rishikesh today. Two men and a woman were arrested.
 
Assisted by the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), the raiding party searched a house in the Khanjar Basti area of Rishikesh and found 1 fresh leopard skin, 4 live pythons, 1 live cobra, 1 eagle leg with the talons attached, 2 civet or langur skulls, 1 complete snake skeleton, a piece of an antler and 8 fake musk pods.
 
Four steel traps used for big cats and other poaching tools were also seized, along with a mobile phone and two Voter Identity Cards. Interestingly, the names of the accused on the cards do not match those they gave to the Forest Department.
 
The accused are now being interrogated and further leads are being developed.


 

 

 

 

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