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Asom: Primates fall prey to poachers

Written by: Staff

Guwahati, May 13: After rampant rhino poaching in the Kaziranga National Park, primates are now falling prey to poachers in Asom.

Some unidentified miscreants shot dead and carried away a capped langoor from the Gibbon Wildlife Sancturay in Jorhat district, besides injuring another on May 5.

Forest officials said the miscreants, who are suspected to be from Nagaland, fired at a group of primates in the outskirts of the sanctuary. A case has been lodged with the police by the forest department.

Reckoned to be one of the pristine habitats of the state, the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is an abode of seven different species of primates. It is also a place of definite sighting of the only ape in India, the Hollock Gibbon.

Around 200 primates in this sanctuary along with capped langoor which has been included in the list of protected wildlife accroding to Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act.

However, this was not the first instance of primate killing in this sanctuary. "Seven primates were shot dead few years back.

Lack of security arrangements have abetted the poachers," said Dilip Chetry of Aaranayak, an NGO working for the conservation of wildlife.

Mr Chetry also said the forest department should enhance the security measures around the sanctuary.


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