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SOS Rhino : In the News : Wild animals poaching control measures adopted

Wild animals poaching control measures adopted

The Rising Nepal

BHARATPUR, July 20: New strategies have been adopted to check the poaching and smuggling of wild animals of rare species like one-horned rhino in the Royal Chitwan National Park and around the park.

The poaching control measures were jointly taken by the administration of the national park as well as the Purano Gorakha Battalion in charge of maintaining security in the region.

Director General of the Department of National Parks, Tirth Man Maskey said the department is ready to provide man power and resources for this purpose.

He also informed that poachers were also held after new control measures were adopted.

Battalion commander of Purano Gorkha, who is responsible for maintaining security in national park, Ajit Thapa said that regular sweeping operation, camping operation, mobile patrolling, information network, information collection as well as coordination and operation works have been carried out effectively.

He also added the new strategies are having impact as the locals have started cooperating.

According to assistant conservation officer, a gang of 28 people including international ring leader were arrested last fiscal year. Horns of four rhinos, skin of two tigers, 6 kilos of tiger bones and 50 grams of leopard bone.

The national Park has initiated legal action against the poachers, timber loggers as well as animal smugglers. Last fiscal year, 26 rhinos were killed.

Out of this figure, 15 were killed by the poachers, according to the national park.

However, the poaching and hunting of the one-horned rhino is said to have declined after new control measures were adopted. A task force has been constituted in the month of Jetha to intensify control measures.

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