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Poachers say they found snow leopards already dead

Mustang Annapurna region Nepal. Photo by Sibylle Noras

Many villagers and tourists share snow leopard habitat in Mustang Annapurna region Nepal. Photo by Sibylle Noras

A followup to the recent story about snow leopard poachers’ arrest in Nepal by WWF Nepal staff who were involved in the operation.

“Two poachers involved in trading of body parts of endangered wild animal were arrested on 28 may 2011 from Mustang district, a district situated inside the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

The district police office, Mustang, nabbed Shyam Lalchan, owner of a local guest house, and his employee Kulman Ghale with two snow leopard pelts.

Mustang Annapurna region Nepal. Photo by Sibylle Noras

Spectacular rocky mountains make Mustang in the Annapurna region of Nepal good snow leopard habitat. Unfortuantely poaching is rampant according to WWF Nepal officials.Photo by Sibylle Noras

At the police interrogation the duo denied poaching the animals. They however admitted to have skinned three snow leopards that they claimed were found dead in a place called Chaurikharka, an eight hours walk from Mustang, where the police recovered bones, pelts and carcass of snow leopard.

The operation was carried out based on a tip-off received by WWF Nepal on the pelts that were sighted in a padlocked room at the guesthouse. The police, with the help of WWF Nepal’s officials and Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, successfully carried out the operation.

Poaching of wild animals including the snow leopard is rampant in the region. Despite stringent law against trade in body parts of endangered wild animals, curbing it has been a difficult task due to the involvement of “high-profile” racketeers.”

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  • krishnam June 15, 2011, 9:08 pm

    these poachers shud be poached like they do to animals then only other will scare a bit to even think of killing any animal.

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