by Pragati Shahi
Yet another #wildlife #seizure in Nepal. The Wildlife Crime Control Pillar under the Central Investigation Bureau Of Nepal Police has arrested three people, all locals from Udaypur district with a set of elephant tusk on Tuesday from Lalitpur district. It is important to note that an elephant was found dead without a tusk inside a community forest in Udaypur in September last year. At that time the District Forest officials buried animal without conducting a proper investigation and a DNA test. The irony is that the medical report prepared by the District Forest Office, Udaypur mentioned that the cause of death was not established.
A month before this elephant was found dead inside forest in Udaypur, CIB team had made a big bust where they confiscated two elephant tusks along with a loaded 9mm caliber gun from Makwanpur district, less than 89 kilometer away from the capital Kathmandu.
While the reports of seizures of products made up of elephant hair or ivory were reported in Nepali media at different intervals, it was first time that the elephant poaching incident was reported. All these series of incidents are all part of the bigger picture of illegal wildlife trade and, unfortunately, I have seen very little or no interest at all from the concerned bodies over the current wildlife crime situation in the country.