Leopard skins, bear gall bladder seized in Uttarakhand

September 30th, 2011 - 12:13 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) Two leopard skins, the gall bladder of a Himalayan black bear and other animal derivatives were seized by authorities in Uttarakhand, an NGO said Friday.

Uttarakhand Police made the seizures Thursday with help from the NGO Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI).

In Dehradun, one leopard skin was seized and two people were arrested. Two more leopard skins, a gall bladder of a Himalayan black bear, the musk pod of a musk deer, and other items were seized in Sukhi Dhang. One person has been arrested in this case, the NGO said in a statement.

Leopard, musk deer and the Himalayan black bear are protected under Schedule I of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, the country’s highest protection given to wild animals.

A total of 136 cases of leopard poaching were reported in India this year, of which 51 cases were recorded in Uttarakhand. Last year, 180 cases were reported in the country.

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