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Poachers gun down adult rhino, take away horn in Assam

A massive dragnet has been spread with the help of police to trap the poachers, a forest official said.

By: Press Trust of India | Morigaon | Published: November 15, 2014 3:48 pm

An adult male rhino was gunned down and its horn taken away by poachers in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, taking the toll of rhinos killed by poachers here this year to two, a forest official said.

A group of three poachers shot dead the rhino in wee hours near Hahsora forest camp before taking away the horn, the official said.

Hearing gunshots, the Forest Vigilance Squad searched the area and found the carcass of the pachyderm, he said.

A massive dragnet has been spread with the help of police to trap the poachers, the official added.

Another adult rhino was killed and its horn taken away earlier this year at the sanctuary.

The 38 sq km Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the western part of the district and adjacent to Guwahati, harbours the densest population of Great Indian One-horned rhinoceros in the world with over 90 rhinos in its only 16 sq km effective rhino habitat.

The sanctuary had reopened for tourists on November 2 after a routine closure of four months during the monsoons. Pobitora has leopards, wild boar, barking deer, wild buffalo, etc, and is also home to more than 2000 migratory birds and various reptiles, the official said.

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  1. K
    Kaliyug
    Nov 16, 2014 at 2:45 am
    The rhino poachers are part of the police and guards, unless India makes any kind of activity that is illegal with shoot at sight order, this kinds of killing will continue. The people entered the forest in the week hours, that means the guards were sleeping in the wee hours. Those in the forest departments should be fired and a new breed or retired army men should be recruited to save the forest from these thieves/
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    1. S
      Son Of
      Nov 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm
      These Poachers are disgusting humans and thieves. They are stealing my countries property. They stealing life from this very nature and that is mother of all. When will wake up. Where are those Hindu's who believed that 'Athama' exists in every living creature and do not disturb the way of life knowingly. Hindu beliefs are lost and we just created hypocrisy for ourselves. we need to stand up and claim who we are. I feel sorry for humans because I see them digging their own grave by their own hands. Killing animals is a direct ticket to that grave. Overpotion of this planet and greed of money have done good devils job. I blame all the religions and their preachers because of short sightedness. If they have love for life then their is no race among religions to produce more so the religion can have more brainless creatures. I am sorry I am going to root cause of death of innocent animals because of greed of humans. Please say no Ivory or Animal products.
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