A minimum of 10 leopard skins had been seized 5 individuals throughout three districts in Odisha within the final previous 10 days by totally different enforcement businesses, together with Odisha forest division and Particular Job Pressure (STF) wing of the state police.
Two of the skins had been seized on July 21, 2021 from Boudh and Deogarh districts. The police have arrested all 5 accused, together with a suspected poacher.
Within the first case, the STF personnel seized a leopard from one accused from Kapasira below Manmunda police station in Boudh district. A rustic-made gun and ammunition, gunpowder and different incriminating supplies had been additionally seized from him, STF officers stated.
The leopard whose pores and skin was seized is a Schedule I animal below the Wildlife Safety Act, 1972. The accused was booked below Part 51 of the Act. The seized pores and skin shall be despatched to the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, for a chemical examination, stated Deputy Inspector Common of Police, STF, Jai Narayan Pankaj.
Within the second case, forest division officers seized the leopard pores and skin from Sidurakali forest highway below Riamala forest vary from 4 individuals. Officers alleged the leopard was killed in a jungle in Redhakhol forest division in Sambalpur district.
A minimum of eight leopard skins had been seized and 7 wildlife smugglers arrested in M Rampur and Junagarh in Kalahandi on July 10, 2021 by a joint workforce from Wildlife Crime Management Bureau and forest officers of Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
Within the final one yr, as many as 26 leopard skins have been seized from the state by enforcement wings. The STF has alone seized 15 leopard skins, they claimed.
The arrests have level to rampant poaching of leopards within the state, stated Biswajit Mohanty, environmentalist and secretary of Wildlife Society of Odisha, a non-profit organisation. The hides of those protected animals are in demand within the worldwide market, he stated.
Over 150 leopards have been poached throughout Odisha within the final decade. The inhabitants of leopards within the state was 760, in line with the Standing of Leopards in India, 2018 report by the central authorities.
Most leopards are caught and killed by poachers once they enterprise into human habitats near forests for prey. They’re primarily hunted for his or her skins, bones and different components to be used in conventional medication within the worldwide market, Mohanty stated.
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