Uttarakhand Has High Incidence of Leopard Poaching

Uttarakhand is turning into a killing field for Leopards. There were 136 registered cases of leopard poaching so far in 2011, out of which 51 have been reported from Uttarakhand. In two separate incidents in the last 10 days, the Uttarakhand police have seized three leopard skins. A leopard skin was seized and two persons arrested by the Uttarakhand Special Task Force (STF) in Dehradun on Thursday. Two leopard skins and other animal parts were seized by the SOG, Uttarakhand in Uttarkashi and one person arrested in this regard. On September 21st, three poachers were arrested and a leopard skin was retrieved from them in Rishikesh. The Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) has been assisting in these crackdowns. There were 180 leopards poached last year.

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