Forest Department officers from Karnataka, India, arrested two poachers belonging to a gang which hunted and provided pangolin (scaly anteater) parts to wildlife traffickers. Officers from the Bhadra Tiger Reserve arrested the poachers in May 2013 and, after a comprehensive inter-state investigation and legal assistance from Freeland Trust of India (FTI), brought the case against the criminals. Despite the fact that pangolins are one of the most highly traded species in the illegal wildlife markets internationally, awareness about the trade amongst enforcement officers in India is low. FTI’s Wildlife Legal Help Centre (WLHC) assisted the Forest Department with technical aspects of the case and also provided awareness material to help build support for the case from other government departments. The WLHC had previously conducted a legal workshop in Bhadra on wildlife laws. According to one of the attending officers, “We were not confident about certain procedures that needed to be followed during investigations; the workshop helped us by clarifying these procedures. The day of booking the case is the most crucial point of the investigation and we cannot afford to make any mistakes. This is where the WLHC and the associated resource people helped us a lot.” The USAID-funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST) Program provides funding for FREELAND Trust of India to run the WLHC. Photo.