Clandestine operations

 
By Mario
Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

a crucial breakthrough was made by the forest department in Dehra Dun when they arrested poachers involved in illegal trade in endangered species using fake animal products to mislead enforcement agencies and cover up the clandestine sale of genuine animal products like tiger and leopard skins and rare rhino horns. According to the director of the Wildlife Institute of India ( wii), S K Mukherjee, the real animal skins were often passed on as 'harmless fakes' by the poachers. He said authorities recently seized 'tiger skin' with a mounted head. A close examination showed that it was a fake, made from the hair of horse's mane. Incisors from a dog were ingeniously embedded in the head to make it look like the tooth of the tiger, said Mukherjee.

In another case, forest authorities arrested some persons found smuggling rhino horn at Jamshedpur. Investigations revealed that the horn had come from Bangladesh and was nothing but a piece of bamboo covered with artificial resin.

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