Uttar Pradesh police seize leopard skin, arrest two poachers
Uttar Pradesh (Najibabad): Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday seized a leopard skin worth thousands of rupees in the international market from two poachers in Bijnore District's Najibabad area.
"We have arrested these two with a leopard skin. Possession of the skin is against the Wildlife Protection Act. We are investigating the matter and have taken the required action against them," Station House Officer Shivraj Yadav said.
One of the arrested smugglers confessed of his involvement in the crime.
"We take nets and put poisoned goats as bait for the leopard. The leopard dies after eating the goat and we take off his skin," arrested Hemraj said.
Officials said the poachers had killed the leopard in the jungles of Uttaranchal.
With the increasing demand for animal hides in the international market, the leopard and tiger population of
According to an estimate made several years back, there were 10,000 leopards in the country.
If this trend continues, wildlife officials fear that the leopards will very soon vanish from the country.
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