[Assam] Now, primates fall to poachers

Pradip Kumar Datta pradip200 at yahoo.com
Sun May 13 05:29:22 PDT 2007

one day RHINO will disappear if rhino poaching are not stopped
  Now, primates fall to poachers
Guwahati, May 12 (UNI) After rampant rhino poaching in the Kaziranga National Park created a flutter in the state, primates are now falling prey to poachers in Asom.
Suspected miscreants, all hailing from Nagaland, shot dead and carried away a capped langoor from the Gibbon Wildlife Sancturay in Jorhat district, besides injuring another.
Forest officials said the miscreants, who came on a gypsey, fired at a group of primates in the outskirts of the sanctuary on May 5 last. 
A capped languor, which was killed, was taken away, while another injured was rescued by the forest officials. The forest department has lodged a case with the police in this regard.
Reckoned to be one of the pristine habitats of the state, the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is an abode of seven different species of primates, and is a place of definite sighting of the only ape in India, the Hollock Gibbon. Theere are around 200 primates in this sanctuary, and its uniqueness lies in its primate diversity.
“This is not the first instance of primate killing in this sanctuary. Few years back, around seven primates were shot dead by miscreants here. Lax security arrangements have abetted the poachers,” said Dilip Chetry of Aaranayak, an NGO working for the conservation of wildlife. Chetry also said the forest department should enhance the security measures around the sanctuary. (UNI) 

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