Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter
Illegal wildlife trade in September 2021
News scan (September 1 - 30)
Tigress strangled by poachers in Madhya Pradesh's Bandhavgarh reserve forest | 1 September 2021
A tigress in the Bandhavgarh reserve forest in Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria district, very popular among tourists and locals, was killed by poachers who stuffed her body in a gunny bag and threw it in a well inside the Bandhavgarh tiger reserve (BTR).
Five held with Tiger Body Parts | 10 September 2021
Five people have been arrested along with bones, nails and many other parts of the tiger’s body in two separate cases in Nagpur city of Maharashtra.
Three wildlife smugglers held in Uttarakhand with leopard skins | 13 September 2021
As part of a drive to nab wildlife smugglers, police and forest department teams have arrested three people, including a sadhu, and recovered two leopard skins from their possession.
More on big cats
Tiger caught in snare trap dies
Eight Men Arrested For Tiger And Leopard Skin Smuggling In Pune
Bandhavgarh tigress was caught in electric trap & hacked to death
Leopard skin seized, 2 arrested in Baripada
Tiger found dead in Sirumugai forest
Forest department arrests three; seize leopard skin
Two held with 55 parrots in WB's Siliguri | 3 September 2021
At least two persons were arrested with 55 parrots by the officials of the Sarugarah forest range in Siliguri.
BSF rescues two white peacocks along India-Bangladesh border | 3 September 2021
The Border Security Force (BSF) rescued two white peacocks in West Bengal's Nadia district while the birds were being smuggled into India from Bangladesh.
62 rose-ringed parakeets rescued from east Delhi | 15 September 2021
The Delhi Forest Department along with the help of local police has rescued 62 rose-ringed parakeets that were being smuggled and three snakes that were held captive.
Stolen elephant tusk recovered from TN tribal village | 3 September 2021
A team of forest officials of Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR), recovered the stolen tusk from a village about 6 km away from the site of the elephant death, that is, Kattupatti tribal settlement in Sadayamparai reserve forest area in Udumalpet forest range.
STF & Forest Dept bust ivory Smuggling Racket, five arrested | 5 September 2021
The Special Task Force (STF) of the State Crime Branch and Forest Department personnel have busted an ivory smuggling racket with the arrest of five miscreants from Khaira and Oupada areas of the district.
More on elephants
Elephant Electrocuted In Rani, Two Arrested
Ivory traders sent to 15 days judicial custody
Tusker electrocuted in Angul district, poaching suspected
Forest dept raids Monson's house after video footage showed 'ivory chair'
8 green-winged macaws seized | 5 September 2021
The Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) intercepted a car and seized eight green-winged macaws worth Rs 6 lakh at Tada checkpost in Nellore district. According to SEB officials, they were conducting checks to seize illegal smuggling of liquor from Tamil Nadu. Officials found the birds inside a cage in the car.
Air Customs foils bid to smuggle live spiders from Poland | 17 September 2021
The Chennai Air Customs foiled bids to smuggle 10 live exotic spiders and narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (NDPS) in postal parcels at the foreign post office. Working on a tip-off, the officials intercepted a parcel that arrived from Poland. It was addressed to a person based at Gajuwaka, Visakhapatnam.
Rare Atlantic Walrus Tusk Seized In Maha's Ratnagiri, Probe Launched | 2 September 2021
For the first time in India, the tusk of a rare Atlantic walrus was seized, from a coastal village in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district.
Two Gangetic dolphins found dead in Assam | 3 September 2021
The carcasses of two Gangetic dolphins, suspected to have been killed by poachers, have been recovered from Kamrup Rural district in Assam.
Bail denied to two caught with sea cucumber | 4 September 2021
Dismissing the bail plea of a man who was arrested for illegal possession of 2,800kg of sea cucumbers in Ramanathapuram district, the Madras high court has observed that over-exploitation of sea cucumbers not only affects the marine ecosystem but also the human ecosystem, more particularly the fishermen, as both are interdependent.
More on Marine
Four held for trying to sell whale ambergris
Ambergris seized at Vyttila
Live pangolin rescued in Kandhamal, four held | 1 September 2021
Unearthing yet another incident of wildlife smuggling, the Kandhamal Forest Department sleuths rescued a live pangolin from Midiakia Area under Baliguda of the district and arrested four persons in this connection.
Pangolin rescued by forest department in Ratnagiri, 3 detained | 4 September 2021
Three people were detained in Dhopave village of Guhagar taluka in a joint operation carried out by the forest department and local crime branch of Ratnagiri police.
More on pangolins
CISF sub-inspector held with pangolin scales in Chhattisgarh
Three arrested for smuggling pangolin
Sarpanch rescues Pangolin as villagers try to burn world's most trafficked mammal in Gumthala
Three customs officers suspended while attempting to smuggle red sanders to Dubai | 4 September 2021
In a shocking incident, three customs officers, including two superintendents and an inspector, were suspended over red sanders smuggling bid from Kempegowda International Airport’s cargo complex.
Chittoor police seize red sanders logs, 13 interstate smugglers arrested | 5 September 2021
In a big catch, Chittoor police arrested 13 red sanders smugglers and seized red sanders logs and vehicles.
More on red sandalwood
Red sander logs seized
Four tonnes of red sander logs were seized, three men held
Red sanders seized on Chittoor-Nellore border
Red sanders logs seized, seven held
Red sanders seized
One held, 16 red sanders logs seized
Border force seizes snake venom from Bangladesh border | 11 September 2021
Border Security Force (BSF) seized snake venom from the India-Bangladesh border in Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal.
Four arrested for trying to sell red sand boa snake | 15 September 2021
Four men were arrested by Forest department officials for trying to illegally sell a sand boa snake.
More on reptiles
12-foot-long king cobra rescued in Tenkasi
Forest department: Two held for killing monitor lizard
Four held in Indore for smuggling endangered Sand Boa snakes
Tortoise and Freshwater Turtles
Uttarakhand forest dept catches wildlife smuggler with 33 turtles, booked | 22 September 2021
The Uttarakhand forest department has arrested a man on charges of smuggling turtles in Udham Singh Nagar district. The officials have recovered 33 turtles from his possession.
Assam cop held for injuring and lifting flood-hit Kaziranga deer on highway | 1 September 2021
An Assam Police personnel was taken into custody by forest personnel in Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in Assam in the wake of a bus belonging to the 9th Assam Police Battalion hitting a flood-hit deer on the highway through the Park and then carrying it in the bus illegally in violation of Wildlife Protection (Amendment) Act, 1972.
Four held on charges of poaching barking deer | 15 September 2021
Four persons were arrested on the charge of poaching a barking deer in a private plantation at Nedumbala under the Meppadi forest range in the South Wayanad forest division.
More on ungulates
Forest officials shoot at deer poacher
Chinkara poached in Jaisalmer, accused at large
Illegal teakwood, bikes seized in Odisha's Gajapati district
Two alleged poachers nabbed near PTR
Teak wood smugglers give the slip to foresters but fall into the police trap
Five Arrested For Poaching Wild Boar In Koraput | Odisha
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