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The Indian leopard has been listed as a vulnerable species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)--an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources-- because of its depleting population.(Parikhit Saikia / HT Archive)

Smuggler held with leopard claws, teeth

By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2021 01:47 AM IST
Aditya Madanpotra, deputy conservator of forests (north division), said, acting on a tip-off, the team -- projecting themselves as prospective buyers -- met the man at Kashmere Gate ISBT around 7am on Friday and caught him with a bag of leopard claws and teeth.
The seized leopard skin.(Source: Wildlife Crime Control Bureau)
The seized leopard skin.(Source: Wildlife Crime Control Bureau)

Leopard skin seized in Kolkata; two arrested

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 03:55 PM IST
The raid that led to the seizure and the arrests was conducted on the basis of an intelligence report received by WCCB
The golden-backed frog(Photo courtesy: Rohan Bhate)
The golden-backed frog(Photo courtesy: Rohan Bhate)

Maharashtra golden-backed frog found in Sahyadri Tiger Reserve

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 09:53 AM IST
The unique species was identified earlier this week near a remote waterfall by Wildlife Crime Control Bureau member Rohan Bhate and wildlife researcher Hemant Kenjale during a study tour to explore the reserve’s biodiversity
Elephants pulling a 15-year-old pregnant wild elephant who died after suffering injuries, in Velliyar River, Palakkad district of Kerala state on May 27.(AP)
Elephants pulling a 15-year-old pregnant wild elephant who died after suffering injuries, in Velliyar River, Palakkad district of Kerala state on May 27.(AP)

‘More arrests soon’: Kerala minister after 1 held in elephant’s death case

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 07:23 AM IST
Union environment minister Prakash Javedkar had announced another probe by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, which has also begun its investigation.
Smuggling of endangered turtles, which are considered a delicacy in some parts of Bengal and Bangladesh, has become a cause for concern for the Central agency, especially because smugglers have started using innovative methods.(WILDLIFE CRIME CONTROL BUREAU.)
Smuggling of endangered turtles, which are considered a delicacy in some parts of Bengal and Bangladesh, has become a cause for concern for the Central agency, especially because smugglers have started using innovative methods.(WILDLIFE CRIME CONTROL BUREAU.)

In Bengal, more than 500 endangered turtles seized from UP smugglers

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 08:53 PM IST
The team seized 519 Indian softshell turtles, two Peacock softshell turtles and two Gangetic softshell turtles. The Peacock softshell turtle figures in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as ‘threatened species’.
There were several children in the group that came to Bengal in the Purvanchal Express, posing as common travellers to evade suspicion. The train travels between Gorakhpur and Kolkata.(HT PHOTO.)
There were several children in the group that came to Bengal in the Purvanchal Express, posing as common travellers to evade suspicion. The train travels between Gorakhpur and Kolkata.(HT PHOTO.)

UP families travelling with kids caught smuggling endangered turtles to Bengal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 10:32 PM IST
The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) of the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change and the West Bengal forest department personnel arrested 14 men and eight women, making it the biggest arrest in recent history.
WCCB officials said that Mukherjee was the main smuggler. He was trying to sell off the skin at Rs 50 lakh. The accused will be produced in court on Friday.(HT PHOTO.)
WCCB officials said that Mukherjee was the main smuggler. He was trying to sell off the skin at Rs 50 lakh. The accused will be produced in court on Friday.(HT PHOTO.)

Tiger skin seized in Kolkata, three held

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2020 01:28 AM IST
Acting on a tip-off, officials of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (eastern region) and state forest department’s Wildlife Crime Control Unit conducted a joint raid in a hotel on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass in east Kolkata.
Close to a thousand endangered turtles were seized from a West Bengal market on Sunday morning in a joint raid.(HT Photo)
Close to a thousand endangered turtles were seized from a West Bengal market on Sunday morning in a joint raid.(HT Photo)

Operation Turtshield: Thousand endangered turtles seized from Bengal market

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2020 10:53 PM IST
In January 2019, more than 1,700 Indian flapshell turtles were seized in back to back raids in Bengal while being smuggled from Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
Five hundred and twenty four parakeets, trapped in 11 cages, were seized from Bengal’s East Burdwan district(Photo courtesy Wildlife Crime Control Bureau)
Five hundred and twenty four parakeets, trapped in 11 cages, were seized from Bengal’s East Burdwan district(Photo courtesy Wildlife Crime Control Bureau)

More than 500 parakeets seized in Bengal from Patna-Kolkata bus; two arrested

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 09:06 PM IST
Officers of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) on Saturday arrested two men and seized from their possession 524 parakeets, trapped in 11 cages, from Bengal’s East Burdwan district. The birds, protected under Indian Wildlife Protection Act and illegally sold as pets, were being carried in a bus plying on the Patna-Kolkata route.
Lakshmi was last spotted on the banks of the river Yamuna near Shakarpur. According to officials in the Delhi forest department, there has been no trace of the 59-year-old elephant so far.(Sourced)
Lakshmi was last spotted on the banks of the river Yamuna near Shakarpur. According to officials in the Delhi forest department, there has been no trace of the 59-year-old elephant so far.(Sourced)

Pan-country alert to find missing elephant

New Delhi | By Vatsala Shrangi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2019 04:06 AM IST
According to officials in Delhi government’s forest department, there has been no trace of the 59-year-old elephant so far and a letter was sent out last month to chief wildlife wardens of all states, alerting them to be on a lookout for the elephant.
The suspects sold hatha jodi (dried genitalia of monitor lizards) and protected seashells, both banned in the country.(HT Photo)
The suspects sold hatha jodi (dried genitalia of monitor lizards) and protected seashells, both banned in the country.(HT Photo)

2 men arrested for selling genitalia of monitor lizards in Gurugram

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Leena Dhankhar
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2019 03:22 AM IST
The police said the team seized eight pieces of hatha jodi and two pieces of Trochus niloticus from the office of Ahlawat. Additionally, 120 pieces of Trochus niloticus were recovered from Bhardwaj’s shop.
The WCCB officers seized the animals in a joint operation with the West Bengal forest department upon a tip off by sources.(HT Photo)
The WCCB officers seized the animals in a joint operation with the West Bengal forest department upon a tip off by sources.(HT Photo)

Lion cub, 3 langurs caught while being smuggled into Bengal

Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 11:39 AM IST
The WCCB officers seized the animals in a joint operation with the West Bengal forest department upon a tip off by sources.
The persons involved have given us a few leads and we are investigating the source,” said Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy conservator of forest, Thane range.(HT Photo)
The persons involved have given us a few leads and we are investigating the source,” said Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy conservator of forest, Thane range.(HT Photo)

100 kg peacock feathers bound for Dubai seized at Mumbai airport

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2019 06:03 AM IST
Maharashtra forest department confirmed this as the largest seizure of peacock feathers from smugglers in Mumbai.
As many as 102 one-horned rhinoceros have been poached and killed in the country since 2008.(AFP)
As many as 102 one-horned rhinoceros have been poached and killed in the country since 2008.(AFP)

102 one-horned rhinos killed since 2008, 209 poachers arrested: RTI reply

Noida (Uttar Pradesh) | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2019 05:55 PM IST
The maximum killings of 84 one-horned rhinoceros have been reported from Assam, according to data provided by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), under the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Unnatural deaths of leopards in India increased from 118 in 2014 to 159 in 2017(Wildlife SOS)
Unnatural deaths of leopards in India increased from 118 in 2014 to 159 in 2017(Wildlife SOS)

Maharashtra, Goa failed to check unnatural deaths of leopards, tigers: Petition

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2019 08:54 AM IST
A total of 23 leopards died in road accidents in the state — the highest in the country.
wildlife parts and species are being smuggled out of India via post offices.(HT File Photo (Representational Image))
wildlife parts and species are being smuggled out of India via post offices.(HT File Photo (Representational Image))

Now, wildlife smuggling via post office

New Delhi | By Joydeep Thakur
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2018 09:18 AM IST
At least 50 – 60 cases are being detected almost every year... sometimes live animals are also being smuggled, said Tilotama varma, additional director, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau.
17 exotic tortoises recovered from man in Meerut(HT File Photo)
17 exotic tortoises recovered from man in Meerut(HT File Photo)

17 exotic tortoises recovered from man in Meerut

Hindustan Times, Noida | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2018 12:41 PM IST
A man was arrested in Meerut on Thursday for allegedly being in possession of 12 star tortoises and five red-eared sliders. They were being smuggled from Chennai.
Authorities seized 8,000 kg of shark fins in the first week of September.(ANI/TWITTER)
Authorities seized 8,000 kg of shark fins in the first week of September.(ANI/TWITTER)

Maha to collate data on smugglers, wild animals to curb illicit trade

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2018 11:47 PM IST
Agencies handling cases related to wildlife crimes have been directed to submit details to Wildlife Crime Control Bureau
CID sleuths along with officials of the Wild Life Crime Control Bureau and the state forest department, intercepted a truck and seized 92 boxes containing the turtles, including 700 dead Indian soft shell turtles, an official said.(AFP File/Representative image)
CID sleuths along with officials of the Wild Life Crime Control Bureau and the state forest department, intercepted a truck and seized 92 boxes containing the turtles, including 700 dead Indian soft shell turtles, an official said.(AFP File/Representative image)

CID seizes 2,499 turtles in West Bengal, four detained

Press Trust of India, Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2018 06:03 PM IST
The turtles have been sent to the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Salt Lake.
The WCCB is concerned with the low priority given to intelligence for which many states do not have a proper structure.(HT File Photo)
The WCCB is concerned with the low priority given to intelligence for which many states do not have a proper structure.(HT File Photo)

WCCB to train officers in intelligence gathering

Hindustan Times | By Nihi Sharma
PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2018 09:56 PM IST
Keeping in mind the frail intelligence network in the state on wildlife-related crimes, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau has decided to train forest officers as ‘master trainers’ on intelligence gathering and these officers will further train other staff in their respective states
The official website of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau where actor Salman Khan is listed for the blackbuck poaching case.(Screenshot/WCCB)
The official website of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau where actor Salman Khan is listed for the blackbuck poaching case.(Screenshot/WCCB)

On wildlife crime bureau list, Salman Khan is criminal No. 39 after blackbuck conviction

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Nihi Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2018 04:45 PM IST
Salman Khan was sentenced to five years in prison on April 5 by a Jodhpur court for killing two blackbucks, an endangered antelope, in 1998.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan arrives at a court for the verdict in a blackbuck poaching case, in Jodhpur on Thursday.(PTI)
Bollywood actor Salman Khan arrives at a court for the verdict in a blackbuck poaching case, in Jodhpur on Thursday.(PTI)

Salman Khan to feature in list of most notorious wildlife criminals in India after blackbuck case conviction

Dehradun, Hindustan Times | By Nihi Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2018 02:12 PM IST
Salman Khan will be included in the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau list along with 35 others jailed for various crimes under the Wildlife Protection Act.
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