TEHRAN - The head of environment and wildlife watchdog in Iran announced the arrest of a millionaire Gilani poacher who took the life of a rare leopard in the forest region of Talesh in Gilan Province.
In an interview with the Mehr News Agency, Keyvan Hooshmand said unfortunately another terrible incident made headlines when an endangered species was hunted and killed by a human being again.
After two months of in-depth investigation, rangers were able to identify the illegal hunter, who owned three hideouts and a few houses in various locations in Gilan Province.
The police caught the poacher red handed when they busted into the illegal hunter’s residence and discovered a taxidermy leopard tail and a shotgun with no permit there.
The violator, who eventually confessed to his crime, is a top dog in the lucrative business of wood in Gilan and Ardebil provinces.
The poacher is charged to pay 50 million rials ($1886) for damages caused on the environment, three-year imprisonment for hunting a rare and protected leopard, and another six-month imprisonment for possession of illegal arm.
The irony here is that the poacher makes 70 million rials ($2630) out of selling the leopard’s skin but gets fined only 50 million rials ($1886).