Rampant poaching threatens wildlife in Manas National Park
twelve persons were arrested for smuggling skins and bones of wild animals near the Manas National Park in Assam's Barpeta district on March 20. Police and forest officials found them carrying skins of leopards, deer and bear and animal bones in two vehicles. The animal parts were valued at Rs 6 lakh.
This is the second haul reported in the state in a month. A week earlier, Income Tax officials found tiger skin and bones among other things in an astrologer's shop in Guwahati, 176 km from the sanctuary. "We have registered a case against the astrologer Kero Young who has been absconding," said S K Sealsarma, divisional forest officer. The national park is along the Bhutan border. Wild animals there are poached for sale abroad, said Hilloj Jyoti Singha, a conservationist. "It is difficult to say if the seized goods are of animals poached inside the national park," said Babul Brahma, a park official.
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