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Four teeth of musk deer, one head, skin and two legs of a mountain goat were recovered from the poachers, say officials. (HT Photo)

Teeth of musk deer, head recovered from 5 poachers in Uttarakhand

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Suparna Roy
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 01:51 PM IST
The officials also recovered wires used for trapping the animals.
Representational Photo.
Representational Photo.

357 leopards translocated between 2009 and 2016, most in Karnataka: Study

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 01:55 PM IST
The outcome of the captures from Karnataka was available for 314 of the 357 leopards. Of these, 85.4% (268) were translocated to other forests, 10.8% (34) were taken in captivity, and 3.8% (12) died
The Lakshadweep forest department on Monday seized a consignment of 22 large sea cucumbers worth around Rs 20 lakh from an abandoned building.(Sourced)
The Lakshadweep forest department on Monday seized a consignment of 22 large sea cucumbers worth around Rs 20 lakh from an abandoned building.(Sourced)

22 dead sea cucumbers worth Rs 20 lakh seized in Lakshadweep

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 10:41 AM IST
This is the 7th case this year; over 1,500 kg sea cucumbers have been seized from Lakshadweep this year worth Rs 6 crore
India is home to about 30,000 elephants.(Shutterstock)
India is home to about 30,000 elephants.(Shutterstock)

Govt seeks legal status for elephant reserves

Hindustan Times, Ranchi/Kolkata | By Sanjoy Dey and Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 04:47 AM IST
The Union environment ministry has proposed an amendment to the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 to accord legal status to elephant reserves and corridors on the lines of tiger reserves.
CAT’s executive trustee, Debi Goenka, said the depth and the width of the reclamation demonstrated that the Supreme Court order has been allegedly ignored and caused irreparable damage to Mumbai’s coastline.(Conservation Action Trust)
CAT’s executive trustee, Debi Goenka, said the depth and the width of the reclamation demonstrated that the Supreme Court order has been allegedly ignored and caused irreparable damage to Mumbai’s coastline.(Conservation Action Trust)

Aerial images show coastal road reclamation far beyond requirement: Environmentalist to SC

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2020 10:10 AM IST
The affidavit cited a series of aerial images of the reclamation through mud and debris dumping and added it has gone far beyond what was required for the road
The rising human-elephant conflicts and loss of habitats and corridors are key issues discussed with states for the action plan. Officials said they want coordinated efforts to reduce human-animal conflict through mitigation works in elephant corridors.(Representational Photo/PTI File)
The rising human-elephant conflicts and loss of habitats and corridors are key issues discussed with states for the action plan. Officials said they want coordinated efforts to reduce human-animal conflict through mitigation works in elephant corridors.(Representational Photo/PTI File)

Environment ministry seeks legal status for elephant reserve, states ask for the draft

Hindustan Times, Ranchi/Kolkata | By Sanjoy Dey and Joydeep Thakur
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2020 10:59 AM IST
A former member of Project Elephant’s steering committee, said they have been fighting for legal status to elephant reserves for over a decade but no state was ready
T2C1 caught in camera traps(Photo: Maharashtra forest department)
T2C1 caught in camera traps(Photo: Maharashtra forest department)

Maharashtra: Yavatmal tigress T2C1 captured, transferred to rescue centre

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 02:28 PM IST
T2C1 is the fifth big cat to be captured in Maharashtra this year after human-animal conflict
The tigress to be captured in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra.(Photo: Maharashtra forest department)
The tigress to be captured in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra.(Photo: Maharashtra forest department)
The Wildlife Protection Act was last amended in 2003.(AP)
The Wildlife Protection Act was last amended in 2003.(AP)

In process of amending wildlife act: Centre

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 11:59 PM IST
Addressing other contentious issues during this monsoon session, the ministry said the Char Dham road project is not under its purview and that the draft environment impact assessment notification, 2020, removes existing redundancies.
“We need to analyse data to see if there is an increase in wildlife clearances compared to previous years,” said a senior environment ministry (forest division) official on condition of anonymity.(AP file photo. Representative image)
“We need to analyse data to see if there is an increase in wildlife clearances compared to previous years,” said a senior environment ministry (forest division) official on condition of anonymity.(AP file photo. Representative image)

680 projects in protected areas given wildlife clearance in 5 years

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 05:45 AM IST
These projects are located in protected areas or wildlife-rich areas, and the fact that such a large number of projects were cleared without the full board meeting even once raised questions whether the NBWL was carrying out its mandate of promoting conservation of wildlife and development of forests,
A view of the completed reclamation at Mahalaxmi Bay.(Vivek Kumar)
A view of the completed reclamation at Mahalaxmi Bay.(Vivek Kumar)

Coral patch being reclaimed at Haji Ali, allege Mumbai residents

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON SEP 12, 2020 01:25 PM IST
Forest department warns BMC for the second time in four months, directing the civic body to avoid any reclamation before wildlife clearances were obtained
The consignment is pegged at Rs 32 lakh; sea cucumbers are listed under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act that provides them absolute protection and their commercial use is banned.(Lakshadweep forest department)
The consignment is pegged at Rs 32 lakh; sea cucumbers are listed under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act that provides them absolute protection and their commercial use is banned.(Lakshadweep forest department)

Sea cucumber worth Rs 32 lakh found buried in Lakshadweep

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2020 10:44 AM IST
Authorities have recovered a fresh consignment of 41 dead sea cucumbers (taxidermied), the protected marine invertebrates farmed as delicacies, and for traditional medicine across South East Asia, worth Rs 32 lakh from Lakshadweep’s Agatti Island
The railways should impose speed limits and ensure regular hooting while crossing wildlife zones, said a wildlife expert. (Representative photo HT)
The railways should impose speed limits and ensure regular hooting while crossing wildlife zones, said a wildlife expert. (Representative photo HT)

5 wild deer run over by goods train in Palamu Tiger Reserve

Hindustan Times, Latehar | By Vishal Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 03:41 PM IST
The villagers saw the carcass of the killed deer across the railway line and informed the authorities.
Four of the six smugglers caught with a live pangolin in Maharashtra’s Satara.(Maharashtra forest department)
Four of the six smugglers caught with a live pangolin in Maharashtra’s Satara.(Maharashtra forest department)

Authorities bust pangolin smuggling racket in Satara, 6 arrested

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON AUG 30, 2020 09:31 PM IST
The forest department and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) officials acted as dummy customers to lure and nab the smugglers.
Representative Photo.(Manoj Kumar/HT)
Representative Photo.(Manoj Kumar/HT)

Chhattisgarh forest department wants to improve conviction in wildlife offences, issues strict directions for officers

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 11:45 AM IST
The forest department has also decided that if any officer will not follow the directives, departmental action will be taken against him/her.
The trio has been booked under the relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and an investigation has started.
The trio has been booked under the relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and an investigation has started.

3 arrested for killing elephant five years back in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 12:54 PM IST
Police have exhumed the body of the tusker from a field, where the accused had buried it, and the tusk has been seized.
Maharashtra has reported a spurt of human-animal conflict cases, involving tigers and leopards, especially in Chandrapur and Nashik districts.(Getty Images)
Maharashtra has reported a spurt of human-animal conflict cases, involving tigers and leopards, especially in Chandrapur and Nashik districts.(Getty Images)

Maharashtra: State committee to decide on post-capture release of tigers and leopards

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 02:05 PM IST
Nitin Kakodkar, chief wildlife warden, Maharashtra, on Wednesday issued directions to this effect to the state-level committee, which was constituted on May 31, 2016.
Sources said the villagers reportedly caught the crocodile after several domestic animals like cows and goats went missing near the river. The villagers suspected that a crocodile was behind the killings.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Sources said the villagers reportedly caught the crocodile after several domestic animals like cows and goats went missing near the river. The villagers suspected that a crocodile was behind the killings.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Manhunt launched for Odisha villagers who killed crocodile, ate its meat

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 11:28 PM IST
The freshwater crocodile, one of the three varieties of crocodiles that includes esturine crocodiles and gharials found in India, is protected under Schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 as their skins are traded heavily.
Honeycomb moray.(Gaurav Patil)
Honeycomb moray.(Gaurav Patil)

Rare marine life sighted from Mahalaxmi shoreline

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 04:47 PM IST
A report on the intertidal biodiversity along the Mahalaxmi shoreline in south Mumbai by independent marine biologist Gaurav Patil has identified two species of hard corals (Paracyathus and Cladangia exusta).
The elephant rushed to nearby Velliyar river after eating the fruit and died there even as forest officials rushed to rescue it. The crackers exploded when the elephant chomped on the pineapple.(ANI Photo)
The elephant rushed to nearby Velliyar river after eating the fruit and died there even as forest officials rushed to rescue it. The crackers exploded when the elephant chomped on the pineapple.(ANI Photo)

Outrage as jumbo killed by feeding it cracker-filled fruit

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2020 02:38 AM IST
The incident came to light on May 27 when Mohan Krishnan, a forest officer, wrote a Facebook post after witnessing the death.
Prabhakar’s permission led to 582 trees being cut in the area due to which the department suffered a loss of Rs 457,830, the FIR said.(HT Archive)
Prabhakar’s permission led to 582 trees being cut in the area due to which the department suffered a loss of Rs 457,830, the FIR said.(HT Archive)

Former NCL chief executive arrested by Chhattisgarh forest department

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2020 08:36 AM IST
Prabhakar had illegally issued a tender for deforestation of forest land in deposit number 13 of Bailadila hills and the tender was granted to one private contractor BK Lala.
India proposed on Thursday to include three animals – the Great Indian Bustard (GIB), Asian Elephant, and the Bengal Florican – in the conservation of migratory species of wild animals
India proposed on Thursday to include three animals – the Great Indian Bustard (GIB), Asian Elephant, and the Bengal Florican – in the conservation of migratory species of wild animals

India calls for inclusion of 3 species in conservation list

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 12:22 AM IST
This inclusion will ensure international protection to these species across their range or all the countries they visit during the seasonal migration.
HT Image
HT Image

5 yrs prison, 1 lakh fine on sale of Chinese kite strings in Mohali

By HT Correspondent, Mohali
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 01:21 AM IST
Recently, four persons in the district had sustained critical injures due to kite strings
Fishermen throw their nets in the Chilika Lake in Odisha in this file photo.(PTI Photo)
Fishermen throw their nets in the Chilika Lake in Odisha in this file photo.(PTI Photo)

146 dolphins sighted in Chilika lake’s annual census, populating new areas

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2020 06:32 PM IST
Of the six varieties of dolphins that are found in India’s rivers, lakes and around coastline, the Irrawaddy Dolphins are among the lowest in number.
Work on the Metro 3 car shed at Aarey Colony(HT Photo)
Work on the Metro 3 car shed at Aarey Colony(HT Photo)

Petition in HC is another hope to save Aarey

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
PUBLISHED ON NOV 03, 2019 11:13 PM IST
Mohanlal claimed to have bought the ivory one K Krishnakumar for Rs 65,000 in 2010(A still from Drishyam)
Mohanlal claimed to have bought the ivory one K Krishnakumar for Rs 65,000 in 2010(A still from Drishyam)

Kerala star Mohanlal chargesheeted seven years later for ivory possession

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2019 11:05 PM IST
Popular actor Mohanlal has been chargesheeted seven years after ivory tusks were recovered from his house during an income tax inspection.
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.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and the Haryana State Pollution Control (HSPCB) have instructed the construction work to expand a gaushala in the Aravallis, near Ghata village, be halted.(HT Photo)
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and the Haryana State Pollution Control (HSPCB) have instructed the construction work to expand a gaushala in the Aravallis, near Ghata village, be halted.(HT Photo)

Expansion of gaushala in Aravallis halted

Gurugram | By Prayag Arora Desai
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 07:42 PM IST
Authorities acted on the matter after being alerted to it by a local environmentalist, who pointed out that the area in question is Aravalli land, recorded by the revenue department as ‘gair mumkin pahad’, rendering it a ‘deemed forest’ and a no-construction zone.
The forest department recently sought more time from the Bombay high court (HC) to submit proof of its claim that Aarey Milk Colony is not part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park(Hindustan Times)
The forest department recently sought more time from the Bombay high court (HC) to submit proof of its claim that Aarey Milk Colony is not part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park(Hindustan Times)

Forest department yet to prove Aarey not part of SGNP

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 11:43 PM IST
While the court granted the state time till November, petitioners Vanashakti, an environment group which has said that Aarey is a forest, will be filing an appeal to expedite the hearing in the case.
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