By K M Santhosh Kumar
The incidents of poaching of tiger and a seizure of tiger pelt in a house in Kerala has come to light after two years of poaching.
The police have arrested two persons from Hakkipikki colony and have seized tiger claws two days ago.
The development has thrown light on the illegal trade in wildlife articles, including tiger skins, procured by poachers from Bhadra forest. This makes wildlife conservationists to raise doubt over conservation of tigers in the Bhadra reserve forest.
Shahaji from N R Pura was arrested for poaching leopard at Hebbe zone in 2010. However, he was released on bail. Soon after his release, Shahaji had hunted down a tiger and had sold pelt to one Iqbal from Kerala, who is said to have access to international market.
Increased poaching of tigers in forests could be because of the thriving black market for Indian tiger and leopard skins in the international market. Seizure of tiger skin from the house of Iqbal in Kerala has matched the photographs taken by Bhadra Reserve Forest officials, said SP N Shashikumar.
“Four tiger claws seized from the house of poachers in Hakkipikki colony in Mallenahalli have been sent to forensic laboratory. In fact, we had information on the tiger pelts. However, the accused had fled the spot.,” he said. More....