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Ten arrested for killing Himalayan black bear in Meghalaya

Ten arrested for killing Himalayan black bear in Meghalaya
The video that led to outrage on social media
Correspondent Shillong, May 6 | Publish Date: 5/6/2020 9:44:30 AM IST

Ten villagers have been arrested for killing a Himalayan black bear from a remote village in Meghalaya on Wednesday, a wildlife official said on Wednesday.

Divisional Forest Officer Anu P. James said a team of foresters swung into action following pictures that went viral on the social media showing three men proudly displaying the black bear they killed in a jungle.

Based on inputs, she said a team of foresters cordoned off Mawpyrthuh village under Pynursla and arrested the ten villagers who were involved in slaughtering the Himalayan black bear.

 “Now, we are interrogating the arrested persons to get the clarity in the entire incident,” James said refusing to divulge further details.

On the other hand, senior wildlife officials, said that the villagers had laid a trap to kill the bear which they claimed that “it (bear) had destroyed their bee hives” in the forest.

 “The investigating team have been to the site, where the Himalayan black bear was killed today and recovered parts of the body of the bear,” the senior IFS official said on condition of anonymity.

Forest and Environment Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that those involved in killing the bear will be booked under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.

Himalayan black bear is an animal protected under Schedule II of Wildlife Protection Act.

On Saturday, foresters seized a large haul of Sambar deer meat , carcass of a freshly-killed civet cat and two weapons from Nongkhyllem Reserve Forest in Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district.

However, the poachers escaped leaving behind freshly chopped body parts including head, limbs and raw meat of an almost full-grown male Sambar deer and carcass of a freshly-killed civet cat.

 

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