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Today at Big Cat Rescue July 6 2013

Interpol Focuses on Asian Big Cats   NEW DELHI, India – Enhancing techniques for investigating crimes against wild tigers and other Asian ‘big cats'was the focus of an INTERPOL meeting in India attended by some 30 senior law enforcement officers. The five-day (1-5 July) Integrated Investigative Training and Operational Planning Meeting for South Asia was co-hosted by INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Programme and India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). It brought together police, customs and wildlife officers from eight Read More

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Vietnam police find 2 tiger carcasses in car trunk

HANOI, Vietnam — Police in central Vietnam say they have found the carcasses of two endangered wild tigers in the trunk of a car that was stopped for speeding. Police in Quang Binh province say they detained the two men in the car for questioning after finding the tiger carcasses Monday. The men told police they were hired by an unknown man to transport the carcasses to nearby Quang Tri province.Tiger bones are used In Vietnam to make a medicine which is used as a traditional pain killer. It sells for about $1,000 for 100 grams, or several Read More

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Eleven Tiger Poachers Jailed Claimed to Have Killed 8 to 10 Tigers in 6 Months

A network of tiger poachers spanning across four states has been unearthed with the arrest of eleven members of three gangs in the last fortnight. Skin of eight leopard and tigers and five kilogram of bones have been seized from them. Their claim of killing eight to ten tigers in less than six months, which is about 40 percent of poaching incidents big cat deaths during the period, has caused panic.   "Their claim is alarming and we are verifying it," said a senior Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) official. About 18 tiger deaths, Read More

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Bruce Rucker of El Centro Fined for Killing Mountain Lion Illegally

Bow hunter Bruce Rucker of El Centro said he was hunting deer in the Laguna Mountains from a makeshift ground blind during the archery-only season when a mountain lion closed to within 20 feet of him.   Citing self-defense and the threat of death at the paws and teeth of the lion, Rucker shot the estimated 130-pound lion with his compound bow and killed it. He said the lion had its eyes fixed on him and its ears were pinned back.   Rucker said he stood up, drew his bow and yelled, “Hey,” in a futile attempt to scare the Read More

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India: Leopard skins, bear bile seized in U’chal; two nabbed

STAFF WRITER 12:58 HRS ISTNew Delhi, Oct 11 (PTI) Two persons were arrested today after two leopard skins and bear bile, which is believed to have medicinal value, were allegedly seized from them in Uttaranchal, an official said.The two have been identified as Shyam Dutta Joshi and Deepak from Chakrata region in Dehradun, said Ramesh Pandey, a senior official from Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) which along with the Special Task Force of the state made the seizure."An FIR will be registered at the Vikas Nagar police station. We arrested the Read More