| Two Tiger Skins Seized
in Andhra Pradesh
In yet another seizure,
two tiger skins were seized and two men arrested with
the assistance of WPSI personnel in Andhra Pradesh on
the night of 15th February. This takes the tally of
reported tiger deaths in the first 46 days of the year
to a shocking 14.
The seizure was carried
out by the Surveillance
Cell of the Forest Department from Hyderabad, and took
place near Kauthala in Kagaznagar tahsil of Adilabad
district near the state border with Maharashtra. The
information for the case was unearthed by a WPSI field
investigator and a WPSI staff member along with Assistant
Conservator Q.M. Khan carried out the undercover operation.
Poaching in the Karjeli
and Bijjur ranges, close to Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary,
along the state border has been on the rise. Due to
the presence of naxallite insurgents, forest
personnel have recently faced murderous assaults during
encounters with poachers and have had to cutback patrolling.
Both the men arrested on Saturday have faced charges
of poaching and naxallite activity in the past.
It is interesting
to note that one of the tiger skins had been peeled
off like a sock. An unknown buyer, who failed to collect
the skin, had apparently put in a specific order so
that the skin could be mounted as a trophy. The accused
alleged that four such orders had already been delivered.