Thursday, 26 December 2013

Three years imprisonment for illegal wildlife traders

Chief Judicial Magistrate of Gopeshwar, Uttarakhand had found guilty on two persons for illegally trading bear gall bladder and musk pod in September 2008 and sentenced them to three years imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine each.

Monday, 23 December 2013

11 tonnes of red sanders seized in Maharashtra

Pune rural police seized 11 tonnes of red sanders on 20 December 2013 night.

Elephant and leopard killed in Train, Road accidents

An elephant was knocked down by train near Guwahati, Assam on the night of 19 December 2013 and in other case a leopard was killed in road accident at Ajmer district of Rajasthan on 22 December 2013.

Tigress caught in clutch-wire trap died

A tigress was found dead in a clutch wire trap under Army controlled area in Ampokhra Range of Terai West Forest Division, Uttarakhand on 21 December 2013. The State Forest Department has lodged a case naming the commandant of an Army depot as chiefly responsible for the death of a tigress.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Two leopards caught in trap, one died other rescued

Two leopards were caught in traps set by poachers in Goa and Himachal Pradesh on 17 December 2013, forest department of Himachal managed to rescue the animal but the animal caught in Goa had died.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Two tigers reduced to skins and bones

2 kms away from Corbett tiger reserve in Amangarh range of Bijnore forest division of Uttar Pradesh, poachers killed two tigers. Two skins, full skeleton and jaw traps used to killed the animals were seized and twelve persons were arrested by Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh police on 16 December 2013. Some of the people arrested were repeat offenders and was caught from nearby area last year with tiger and leopard skins.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Notorious tiger poacher Ranjit arrested again

Notorious tiger poacher Ranjit a resident of Punjab who is wanted in several tiger poaching cases in Maharashtra was arrested from Andhra Pradesh on 15 December 2013. Earlier in November 2009, CBI was arrested him in Nagpur with 2 tiger skins and bones.

Red sanders smugglers killed two forest officers

About 200 red sanders smugglers rained stones at a forest team and killed two officials, dozen injured in the forests of Seshachalam bordering Chittoor and Kadapa districts of Andhra Pradesh on 15 December 2013.

12 tonnes of red sanders seized in Maharashtra

Maharashtra forest officials seized a truck carrying 12 tonnes of red sanders on 13 December 2013 morning.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Tiger poachers acquitted in Sariska

Sessions court in Alwar had acquitted two tiger poachers from Haryana on the basis of appeal filed by them against their conviction. Earlier trial court had sentenced them for 5 years imprisonment for killing tigers in Sariska Tiger Reserve.

Dugong poached in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu forest officials held a youth who was transporting a dugong poached for its meat in Ramanathapuram district on 10 December 2013 night.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Mongoose hair seized in Indo-Nepal border

In a joint operation Sashastra Seema Bal and Uttar Pradesh Forest department seized mongoose hair and hairs of other wild animal near Nepal border in Bahraich district on 3 December 2013.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Monday, 2 December 2013

Turtles seized in Lucknow

 Uttar Pradesh police seized 79 turtles from two persons in Lucknow on 1 December 2013.

Red sanders seized from Chinese national in Kolkata

A Chinese national who was supposed to take a Chinese Eastern Airline flight to Kunming was detained in Kolkata airport with 26 kg of red sanders on 30 November 2013 night.

Turtles and Frogs rescued in Goa

Goa forest officials rescued Indian soft-shelled turtles and Bull frogs from poachers on 30 November 2013.

More than 100 birds seized in Kolkata

More than 100 birds including parakeet, munia and mynah were seized by West Bengal forest department in Kolkata on 1 December 2013.

Snake venom seized in Kerala

Kerala forest officials arrested two persons with snake venom in Ernakulam district on 29 November 2013 night.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Nepali national convicted for leopard poaching

CJM court of Almora, Uttarakhand had convicted a Nepali national and sentenced him to four years rigorous imprisonment and Rupees 10,000 fine for killing a leopard and later skinned the animal on February this year.

Deer antlers seized in Valmiki Tiger Reserve

8 pieces of deer antlers were seized in Valmiki Tiger Reserve, Bihar on 25 November 2013.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Elephant killed in train accident in Odisha

A female elephant was killed when a six member elephant herd was crossing the tracks, animal was hit by the Geetanjali Express train near Rourkela in Sundergarh district of Odisha on 26 November 2013 morning.

400 turtles rescued in Uttar Pradesh

400 turtles brought from Etawah, Uttar Pradesh were seized by Railway Protection Force at Kanpur Central Railway station on 25 November 2013.

Leopard skin seized in Rajasthan

Police officials were arrested two persons with a leopard skin in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan on 24 November 2013.

One more rhino shot dead in Kaziranga

Poachers were shot dead an adult male rhino in Kaziranga National Park, Assam and took away its horn, ears and a patch of its skin on 24 November 2013 night.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Reptiles seized on India-Bangladesh border

10 reptiles suspected to be of spiny-tailed lizards were seized by Border Security Force at Bangladesh border in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on 20 November 2013.

Illegal wildlife trader held in Haryana

Wildlife Crime Control Bureau officials detained an illegal wildlife trader Dalbir in Panipat district of Haryana in connection with tiger poaching incidents reported from Maharashtra early this year.

Elephant poacher arrested in Odisha

One person was arrested in Cuttack district of Odisha for killing an elephant on 20 November 2013.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Delhi Lt. Governor orders for ownership certificates for ivory

Twenty-two years after ivory articles around 340kg were taken away from traders after an amendment in the Wildlife Act, which banned its trade, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, directed the wildlife department to give the articles back to their owners.

Nepalese nationals arrested with body parts of musk deer

Two Nepalese nationals were arrested with body parts of musk deer in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on 16 November 2013.

Poaching in Nagaland

'Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development' deputy team leader and joint director soil and water conservation, Vengota Nakro, said that a total of 68,628 animal and birds had been killed in 17 sample villages of Phek district by 293 hunters during 2008. Out of 68,628 killed included jungle cat- 2012, large animal- 1712, small animal-17,144, large birds-5596 and small birds 42,164.

Elephant shot dead in Arunachal Pradesh

Carcass of a female elephant shot dead by poachers with some flesh missing was found in East Siang district of Arunachal on 15 November 2013.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Elephant electrocuted in Odisha

2 persons were arrested for electrocuting a tusker in Angul district of Odisha on 12 November 2013.

Leopard killed in road accident on NH-72

On 13 November 2013, a leopard was killed in road accident on NH-72, Dehradun. In an another incident a sambar was also killed in road accident at Shyampur Range, Haridwar.

Read the recommendations of the Sub-Committee of Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife on Guidelines for Roads in Protected Areas here:

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

3 bears and 2 leopards shot dead by officials in Kashmir

To minimize the human-animal conflict, trigger happy officials were shot dead three Himalayan black bears and two leopards in Kashmir on last two weeks. Bears were killed on 31st October, 4th and 10th November and leopards on 5th and 9th November.

Poachers electrocuted a leopard in Madhya Pradesh

Two poachers were arrested in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh for electrocuting a leopard on three days back.

Elephant electrocuted in Palamau

An elephant was electrocuted from a low-hanging power line passing through the forest area in Palamau tiger reserve, Jharkhand on 11 November 2013.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

One more tiger killed, this time in Uttar Pradesh

In a joint operation of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh forest departments five tiger poachers were arrested and they led the investigation team to Mahof range in Pilibhit forest division in Uttar Pradesh where tigress flesh and lathis used for kill the animal were recovered. One of the accused arrested is also wanted in tiger poaching case of Melghat tiger reserve in Maharashtra.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Poachers targeting national parks

The arrest of four poachers hailing from Orissa in the Palar range on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border and one from Bandipur National Park recently has put the Forest Department and wildlife activists on alert. Snare traps, which the poachers planned to lay in the dense jungle to trap the big cats, were seized from them. Forest officials, acting on a tip, seized salt and turmeric powder from the poachers. These items would be used to preserve the skin of the animals after poaching.

Chinese couriers detained with red sanders at Cochin airport

Three Chinese nationals were detained with 110 kg of red sanders, US$ 17,000, Chinese Yuan 26,000 and Rs.6 lakh at the Cochin international airport on 3 November 2013 morning.

Rhinos killed in Kaziranga and Orang

Poachers killed two rhinos, a hornless carcass of a rhino found in Kaziranga on 1 November and another rhino in Orang on 3 November 2013.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Egrets served as dish in hotels

Poaching of birds, especially Indian pond herons and egrets continues unabated in the coastal hamlets of Cuddalore district and served as meat in bars and hotels on the Cuddalore-Puducherry Road.

Rhino killed in Manas, Assam

A female rhino translocated from Pobitora wildlife sanctuary last year was shot dead by poachers in Manas National Park, Assam and horn took away by them on 29 October 2013.

Friday, 25 October 2013

160 red sanders logs seized in Andhra Pradesh

Enforcement officials of Tirupati Wildlife Division on 24 October 2013 seized over 160 logs of red sanders in Chittoor district.

Tiger poachers convicted in Uttarakhand

Three professional tiger poachers from Haryana whom were an accused in a tiger poaching case of Corbett tiger reserve in May 2012 were found guilty by trial court and sentenced them to three years imprisonment. Update on 1st Week November 2013: These tiger poachers were not convicted for killing the tiger as believed earlier, they were punished only for the illegal possession of traps and spears.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

3 years imprisonment for poaching in wildlife sanctuary

A local court in Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh had convicted a person who was detained with dead fishes, axe and traps in Narsinghgarh Wildlife Sanctuary on October 2012. Accused was sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine.

Foreign nationals convicted for snake venom smuggling

Two foreign nationals, one each from Ecuador and Nigeria were found guilty in snake venom smuggling and sentenced to three years imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine each by Judicial Magistrate First Class-Perumbavoor, Kerala. The case was detected on 26 January 2012 when accused were try to board a Chennai bound flight at Cochin International Airport, during luggage checking officials found snake venom packed in 16 condoms. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Sharp rise in red sanders smuggling by airline staff

Increasing instances of airline staff smuggling red sanders out of the country have alarmed officials, three cases of smuggling by airline operatives have come to light in the past month, the latest one on 20 October 2013 when two crew members of Air India were caught smuggling the wood from Delhi to Hong Kong late at night.

Elephant poached in Assam

Body of an elephant killed by poachers was found in Baksa district of Assam on 20 October 2013.

Leopard skin seized in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand police officials arrested two persons including one from Haryana with a leopard skin in Dehradun district on 21 October 2013.

Elephant electrocuted in Assam

An elephant was electrocuted from a low hanging 11KV line in Sonitpur district of Assam on 21 October 2013.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Leopard killed in road accident on NH-73A

One year old female leopard killed in road accident at National Highway-73A, Yamunanagar district of Haryana on 19 October 2013.

Bird poaching continues in Puducherry

Illegal sale of poached animals and resident water birds is taking place unabatedly near Villianur in Puducherry.

Slender loris, red sand boa, monitor lizard rescued in Tamil Nadu

In three separate incidents enforcement officials rescued a slender loris from Vellore, a monitor lizard and a red sand boa from Coimbatore district on last weekend.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Sloth bear performer convicted in Delhi

A trial court in Delhi had found guilty on a sloth bear performer for possessing the animal without any licence or authority. During the detention he was found with one female sloth bear and was exhibiting performance of bear publicly on October 2005 in East Delhi. Court held that accused contravened the provisions of section 9/49 of Wild Life (Protection) Act. The said offence is punishable u/s 51 of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.

12 peacocks killed in Rajasthan

3 people were arrested in Bundi district of Rajasthan for poisoning 12 peacocks on 15 October 2013.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Three wild boars killed by poachers in Madhya Pradesh

Poachers electrocuted three wild boars, later its bodies were recovered by forest department in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh on 9 October 2013.

Poachers killed a tiger in Umred-Karhandla on May 2013

A notorious tiger poacher from Katni who was arrested recently from Andhra Pradesh confessed that he had killed a tiger in Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra on second week of May 2013.

Tiger bones and bear gall bladder seized in Valmiki Tiger Reserve

2.4 kg tiger bones and three gall bladders of bear were seized by enforcement officials and two arrested in Valmiki Tiger Reserve, Bihar bordering Nepal on 8 October 2013 night.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Two years imprisonment for destroying bird nests

Environment court in Kurukshetra, Haryana had convicted a person and sentenced him to two years imprisonment and Rs. 15,500 fine for destroying nests by cutting trees in Yamunanagar district on March 2007.

Poachers from Madhya Pradesh arrested in Sariska

Two poachers from Madhya Pradesh arrested with poaching tools in Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan on 1st week of October.

Notorious illegal wildlife trader arrested in North-east India

Notorious illegal wildlife trader and repeat offender in wildlife crime, Ratiram Sharma has arrested from Nagaland in connection with recent spurt of rhino poaching in Assam. He was earlier an accused in rhino horn smuggling cases registered in North Bengal and Assam respectively in 1995 and 2002. In 2006 he was caught red-handed with leopard skins, tiger skeleton and rhino skin pieces by West Bengal forest department and court had sentenced him for 5 years in this case.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Leopard skin seized in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh police seized a leopard skin and arrested a person in Mandi district on 27 September 2013.

Leopard killed in road accident on NH-72

One leopardess was killed in road accident on NH-72 in Uttarakhand on the night of 28 September 2013.

Three elephants electrocuted

Three elephants were electrocuted on last weekend in three different incidents, one each on West Midnapore district of West Bengal, Nainital district of Uttarakhand and Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Monday, 16 September 2013

Sariska poacher sentenced to five years imprisonment

A professional tiger poacher from Haryana who had killed an Asian big cat on May 2003 in Sariska tiger reserve, Rajasthan had convicted by court and sentenced him to five years imprisonment and Rs. 75,000 fine.

Forest encroachers killed a range officer in Andhra Pradesh

A group of tribals who had allegedly encroached on forest land, hacked a forest ranger to death at K K Tanda, a tribal village, in Andhra Pradesh's Nizamabad district late on 14 September 2013 night, apart from maiming seven forest officials who are now being treated in a hospital.

17 tonnes of red sanders seized in Vellore, Tamil Nadu

17 tonnes of red sanders logs were seized from a defunct leather factory godown in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu on 15 September 2013.

Elephant shot dead in Tamil Nadu

Poachers shot dead an elephant and removed its tusks in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu on 14 September 2013.

Two Tokay geckos seized in West Bengal

In separate incidents enforcement officials seized two tokay geckos in Siliguri, West Bengal last week.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Shopkeeper convicted for illegally selling turtles

A trial court in Delhi had convicted a shopkeeper for illegally selling 11 turtles on June 2005, seized species includes 5 Indian Roofed turtles, 5 Indian Tent Turtles and 1 Spotted Pond turtle. The case was registered by Delhi police and complaint was filed by Delhi wildlife department. Court observed that "prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused that eleven turtles were recovered from the aforesaid shop under control and possession of the accused, on the said date, time and place, without any permit or licence, which are specified in Schedule-I and are protected under Act. Trade/business of such animals are prohibited under the Act. Accordingly, accused is held guilty and is convicted for the offence u/s 9/49/49(B)(1) of Wild Life (Protection) Act, punishable u/s 51 of the Act".

More than 20 tigers poached, says arrested trader

In a stunning revelation, tiger skin trader Sarju Bagdi alias Suraj Bhan (28) told Times of India on 12 September 2013 that four gangs of poachers and traders were simultaneously operating in a 150 km radius of Nagpur. While he himself picked up 5 skins for trading, the others too had procured as many over a period of 8-9 months.

Poachers killed a spotted deer in Ranthambore

With the help of dogs poachers killed a spotted deer in Ranthambore tiger reserve, Rajasthan on 12 September 2013.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Leopard killed in Udaipur on road accident

A leopard was killed in Udaipur district of Rajasthan on road accident yesterday.

Officials shot dead a leopard in Corbett Tiger Reserve

A leopard was shot dead by authorised hunters of forest department in Corbett tiger reserve on 10 September 2013.

Chinese nationals detained in Mumbai airport with red sanders

Two Chinese nationals were held at Mumbai international airport while allegedly trying to smuggle red sanders to Hong Kong on 6 September 2013.

Sambar deer killed in Kaziranga

Nine people were arrested in connection with killing of a sambar deer in Kaziranga, Assam on 9 September 2013.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Person arrested with leopard skin convicted in Delhi

A person who was arrested with a leopard skin on July 2002 in a joint operation of Delhi police and wildlife department had found guilty in violation of Wildlife Protection Act and convicted by trial court.

Ivory case accused acquitted in Delhi

Two people caught with 26.4 kg of ivory in Delhi on April 2001 were acquitted by trial court due to material contradictions in the testimony of prosecution witnesses.

Poachers killed a tiger in Kerala

One tiger was found dead in a wire trap set by poachers in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala on 6 September 2013.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Tiger body parts seized in Delhi

Police officials arrested three persons with tiger body parts in Delhi on 7 September 2013.

Forest guard shoots rhino by accident

A male rhino that had strayed out of the Kaziranga National Park in Assam was killed when a bullet fired by an Assam Forest Protection Force officer to scare it back into the forest hit it on its forehead on 7 September 2013.

Two illegal wildlife traders arrested in Delhi

In a joint operation by Maharashtra Forest Department, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and Delhi Police, two most wanted illegal wildlife traders were nabbed in Delhi on 7 September 2013.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Forest officials shot dead two leopards

Two leopards declared as man-eater were shot dead by forest officials in Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir on 6 September 2013.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Person caught with elephant tusk convicted

A court in Haridwar, Uttarakhand had convicted a person and sentenced him to three years imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine for illegally holding an elephant tusk weighing 6 kg on December 2000.

National Board for Wildlife says no to road widening

According to news reports 30th Standing Committee meeting of National Board for Wildlife held on 4 September 2013 struck down all proposals related to widening of roads, highways passing through Protected Areas in the country. It also decided on setting up a high-level committee to check poaching of tigers and rhinos.

One more rhino killed in Kaziranga

In Kaziranga National Park of Assam poachers killed a rhino and took away the horn on 3 September 2013 night.

Leopard killed in train accident

One leopard was killed in train accident on 3 September 2013 night at Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Leopard poachers convicted in Uttar Pradesh

A court in Lakhimpur Kheri district was found guilty in two persons and sentenced them to three years imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine each for trapping a leopard using jaw trap (later animal was rescued and rehabilitated by forest department) on July 2010 in Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary.

Poacher convicted for killing two barking deer

A court in Betul, Madhya Pradesh had convicted a person for killing two barking deer on January 2003 and sentenced him to one year rigorous imprisonment and Rs. 5,000 fine.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Poachers arrested with leopard skins convicted in Punjab

A court in Pathankot, Punjab had convicted two persons from Himachal Pradesh and sentenced them to three years imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine each in connection with seizure of two leopard skins by police on November last year.

92 crude bombs using for killing wild animals seized

Forest officials in Erode district of Tamil Nadu seized 92 crude bombs meant for killing wild boars on 31 August 2013.

Seven peacocks killed in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu forest officials arrested three persons for killing 7 peacocks and 3 peahens in Ramanathapuram district on 1 September 2013.

Leopard killed in Hunsur division, Karnataka

A leopardess was found dead in a trap set by poachers in Hunsur division of Karnataka on 1 September 2013.

One more rhino killed in Kaziranga

Poachers shot dead and took away the horn of a rhino in Kaziranga National Park, Assam on 31 August 2013 night.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Poachers arrested with tiger traps convicted in Karnataka

Professional tiger poachers from Haryana whom were arrested with leg-hold steel traps in Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) tiger reserve, Chamrajnagar district of Karnataka on July 2012 were convicted by court and sentenced them to three years imprisonment.

Police shot dead a bison in Kerala

An Indian bison that strayed into Karulayi in Nilambur and attacked several people was shot dead by the police on 22 August 2013. (In the initial reports species was reported as wild buffalo, error is regretted.)

Gangetic dolphin meat sold openly in Dibrugarh, Assam

Recently, a fish seller was found selling dolphin meat at a roadside market of Lezai-Kalakhowa, 15 km from Dibrugarh. A local woman clicked the photograph of the person selling meat and informed wildlife activists. Following a hue and cry raised by environmental groups, police registered a case and initiated an enquiry. However, the culprits are yet to be arrested.

Elephant killed in train accident

Train hit a herd of elephants and killed a tusker in Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh on 22 August 2013.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Elephants killed in Poaching, Poisoning and Train Accidents in India

Following is the Annexure of the answer given by government in Lok Sabha on the question of decline in population of elephants.


Details of elephant mortality for the last three years and current year, as reported by States


Train accidents
Train accidents
Train accidents
Train accidents

One more leopard shot dead in Mandi, Himachal

Authorized hunters of Himachal Pradesh forest department shot dead a leopard in Mandi district on 21 August 2013.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Accused held with mongoose hair brushes convicted

Two accused held with 23 pieces of mongoose hair brushes in Delhi on July 2008 were found guilty by trial court and are convicted for the offences u/s 44, 49 & 49(B)(1) of Wild Life (Protection) Act.

IFS officers suspended in Odisha

Odisha government suspended four more forest officials, including two Indian Forest Service officials, for their alleged role in Ulliburu mining scam in Keojnhar district. Till now 12 officials, eight of forest department and four of mining, have been suspended in connection with their alleged complicity in the scam.

Elephant poached in Odisha

Poachers were killed an elephant and an attempt has made to take away its tusks in Ganjam district of Odisha on 20 August 2013.

Leopard skin and bear gall bladder seized in Uttarakhand

Police arrested two persons and seized a skin each of leopard, goral and gall bladder of bear in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand on 20 August 2013.

Poachers killed two rhinos in Kaziranga

Using sophisticated weapons poachers killed two rhinos in Kaziranga and removed its horn on 21 August 2013.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Wildlife criminals convicted in Manas, Assam

Chief Judicial Magistrate of Barpeta had found guilty on eleven persons and sentenced them to 3 years rigorous imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine each u/s 51 (1) and similar sentence u/s 51 (1-A) of the Wildlife Protection Act, both sentences shall run concurrently. The case was registered by Manas tiger reserve officials in March 2009 in connection with the seizure of 4 kg of tiger bone, 3 leopard skins, 1 elephant tusk, 1 piece of rhino skin and body parts pangolin, sloth bear, otter, sambar, hog deer. Court found that these accused persons who are either hunters or traders of animals and animals articles, have in their greed plundered forests and killed millions of innocent animals causing many animals to extinct and threatening many others. Living creatures being dependent on each other and the survival of the human race also being dependent on them has caused great concern in our society to these rampant killings. As such, the perpetrators of such crime should not be dealt leniently.

Indian soft-shelled turtles seized in Odisha

Forest officials seized 14 Indian soft-shelled turtles in Kendrapara district of Odisha on 17 August 2013.

30 tonnes of red sanders seized in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu police seized 30 tonnes of red sanders after raiding a godown located on Pollachi- Kovai main road in Coimbatore district on 18 August 2013 night.

15 tonnes of red sanders seized in Maharashtra

Customs officials seized 15 tonnes of red sanders on the Pune-Mumbai highway following the arrest of eight drivers on August 16 and 17.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Sansar Chand's co-accused convicted in huge seizure of wildlife articles

Two co-accused of Sansar Chand were found guilty by trial court and convicted in a case registered on 1992 in Delhi. The case involves the seizure of 3 tiger skins, 29 leopard skins, 2 clouded leopard skins, 5 crocodile skins and other wildlife articles. Sansar Chand had already discharged from this case in 2008 and remaining two accused were now convicted. Court found that the recovered skins were derived from wild life animals which are specified respective Schedules of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 and thus accused have contravened the provisions of section 49 & 49(B)(1) of the Act, punishable u/s 51 of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. Accordingly, both accused are held guilty and are convicted for the offence u/s 49 & 49(B)(1) of Wild Life (Protection) Act.

Villagers killed leopards in Himachal and West Bengal

Local people were killed a leopard in Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh on 16 August and in another incident  a leopard was beaten to death in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on 17 August 2013.

Spotted deer meat seized in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh police arrested five people with spotted deer meat and gun in Chandauli district on 18 August 2013.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Hunters shot dead wrong leopard in Himachal

Last week hunters authorized by Himachal Pradesh forest department shot dead a leopard calling it as man-eater, now evidence being cited by wildlife experts and the postmortem report showing that an innocent leopard had been shot on August 11.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Leopard skins seized in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand

Two leopard skins seized in separate incidents on 14 August 2013, Uttar Pradesh police seized a skin in Bagpat district and forest officials of Uttarakhand seized a skin in Pithoragarh district.

Tokay Gecko seized in Assam

Assam police seized a Tokay gecko and arrested six persons including former chief of a now disbanded militant organisation on 14 August 2013.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Turtle poachers convicted in Haridwar

Two poachers whom were caught with Indian Tent Turtles in Haridwar on April 2010 were found guilty by court and sentenced them to three years imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine each.