An online message claiming that endangered animals were being killed in Tibet's Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon was disproved after photos posted along with the message were found to have been taken somewhere else, according to state news agency Xinhua.
On Nov. 21, a post on Weibo claimed that many steel wires had been placed around the canyon to trap endangered wild animals.
Four photos were also posted. In one, a man holds a critically endangered Siberian crane, trying to spread the bird's wing. The other three photos show a dead leopard cat, either held or tied to a motorbike.
Local authorities, however, told Xinhua on Nov. 23 that the killings did not take place in the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon region. According to the report, the author of the original post admitted he only saw snares with traces of blood there.
The photos were taken elsewhere, potentially in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, by a friend of his.
Nevertheless, forest management authorities in Medog county, which lies on the border with India, said patrols have been sent out to search for snares in an effort to reinforce anti-poaching measures.
Medog County is comprised of over 80% forest cover and is home to a wide range of species, many of which are critically endangered, such as the Bengal tiger and the snow leopard.
Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon 雅魯藏布大峽谷
Medog County 墨脫縣