because every tiger counts...
 

News

>> Poacher held   >> Leopard mauls forest ranger   >> Few takers for SGNP’s animal adoption scheme   >> 62 tigers sighted during annual waterhole census at TATR   >> Tigers are now back at Assams Manas reserve   >> Tigers kills six elephants in Kerala’s Wayanad as drought triggers fierce water war   >> 9th tiger dies in U`khand in just 5 months   >> Tiger found dead in MP reserve   >> Four held for poisoning tiger in Erode   >> 117 kg meat, animal parts, arms seized from retd colonel`s home   >> DRI officials claim top cartel busted after 17 hr raid unearths skins, skulls   >> Karnataka sees 11 tiger deaths in just four months   >> Tiger paralysed by poachers in MP dies after two weeks of treatment   >> Tigress found dead near Pench wildlife reserve   >> Missing tiger Jai still a mystery for forest department   >> Maharahstra: A year after it went missing, activists remember tiger Jai   >> Pench loses 4th big cat in 4 mths   >> Tiger areas may become human free   >> Maha tigers lure tourists away from MP   >> Tiger dead in Kaziranga   >> Tiger dies in Madhya Pradesh reserve, sixth death in the state this year   >> Leopard briefly shuts down int`l airport in Nepal   >> Another tiger run over on tracks near Bhopal   >> Wild Thai tiger cub footage sparks hope for endangered species   >> The Big tiger skin catch on Arunachal Border   >> Slaughterhouse crackdown in UP: Uttarakhand’s leopards too on a chicken diet   >> Kandi road project: Uttarakhand to ensure safety of Corbett park wildlife   >> With increase in numbers, tigers fight it out for space in Ranthambore reserve   >> Four years on, missing male tiger of Tadoba reserve spotted   >> Three arrested for poaching deer near Ambur forest   >> 18 peacocks poisoned to death   >> Leopard carcass found in Jodmoha   >> Male Aussie shephered plays more to endangered cubs   >> The other side of the Kaziranga story   >> Thailand seizes 300kg ivory   >> Leopard captured, taken to Thrissur zoo   >> Now, drones to be used for monitoring tigers   >> CZA calls for stopping animal cruelty in circuses   >> Endangered snow leopard sighted in Lahaul   >> Video of tigers chasing a drone goes viral   >> Tiger found dead starvation suspected   >> Two smugglers arrested with leopard skin   >> Poaching menace: Shoot at sight order at Corbett tiger reserve   >> Corbett gets nod to kill poachers   >> Another tiger found dead in Kumaon, 2nd in two days in Uttarakhand   >> Probe begins into poaching   >> Rehabilitation: NGT slaps cost on Uttarakhand for delayed response   >> Live-wire fence around farm electrocutes tiger, sambar deer in Maharashtra`s Pench reserve   >> Tigress found dead in Bandipur National Park   >> Poachers caught with leopard hides   >> more >>   
 

News

back Go Back        Print

Assam loses year`s 16th one-horned rhino to poachers

The Pioneer
Guwahati
16 Dec 2016

Poachers have killed the year’s 16th one-horned rhino in Assam’s famous Kaziranga national park on Wednesday night and managed to decamp with its horn.

Park officials discovered the carcass of a male rhino in Burhapahar area of the park on Thursday morning during the routine patrolling. The horn was missing from the carcass, a senior park official said adding that the poachers probably killed the animal last night.

“We have also recovered some used bullets of AK 47 rifle from near the carcass. Normally the poachers use 303 rifles to kill the rhinos. However, recovery of AK ammunition indicates to involvement of militants outfits behind the killing,” the official said.

It may be mentioned here that involvement of militant cadres in rhino poaching is not new in Assam. The value of the rhino horns in international black market, particularly in South East Asian countries, has prompted different militant outfits in the region to either involve in poaching or pump in huge money for poaching and smuggling of rhino horns.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been probing some of the cases of involvement of militants in rhino poaching in Kaziranga national park in 2012.

The menace of poaching of rhinos has been a major concern for the BJP led Assam Government that came to power in April 2016. The BJP led three party political alliance called North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), who is in power in Assam had fought the 2016 Legislative Assembly polls on the issues of rhino poaching besides others.

While the new government led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had taken up several steps to stop the menace, poachers have been able to sneak into the protected areas like Kaziranga national park and other areas and kill the animals at regular intervals.

Sonowal had also taken up the matter of rhino poaching with his Nagaland counterpart recently and sought the help of Nagaland police as most of the rhino horns were smuggled out of the region through the neighbouring State.
http://www.dailypioneer.com/nation/assam-loses-years-16th-one-horned-rhino-to-poachers.html