Forest officials of the Rara National Park today said wildlife poaching has been rampant in the past couple of months.
Poaching has been recorded to be on rise when wild animals come out of the park and buffer zones especially after snowfall hits the area.
One endangered leopard, which had come out of the park, was found injured in the district headquarters-based Chain River on March 11.
The leopard died in the course of treatment.
Similarly, endangered mountain black bear was found with bullet injuries in the stomach outside the office of the national park and the Nepali Army’s barrack on March 13.
According to forest officials, locals hunt animals during snowfall by using home-made weapons, poison and other techniques.
Forest Conservation Officer Durga Poudel said some injured animals enter the park if they can manage to escape from clutches of the hunters.
He said, “Recently an injured black bear has a bullet in its stomach and treatment is under way on the initiation of the NA and the national park officers.”
Technician Bhim Bahadur Buda said the bullet stuck inside the stomach of the bear can be taken out only through surgery. “Authorised surgeon will come from Bardiya National Park for the surgery,” said the conservation officer.