June 24 07
Chitwan National Park has expressed concern over the increased involvement of local villagers in poaching rhinoceros and smuggling their hides and parts for immediate gains.
“This year, among the two dozen persons who were arrested on charges of poaching rhinos 22 poachers were from Chitwan district alone. We have arrested them with full evidence to show their involvement in the killing of wild animals for smuggling purposes,” Kantipur FM quoted acting conservation officer Kamal Jung Kunwar as saying. He further said, “This is indeed disheartening and shows the new challenge posed to the people involved in rhino conservation.”
The FM reported that after Amar Bahadur Tamang, chairman of Kalabanjar Forest Users’ Group of Chitwan National Park was found involved in poaching rare animals, it became clear that there was involvement of local people in this racket.
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