Shimla, Jan 24: A 55-year-old man has been arrested in Himachal Pradesh for allegedly possessing two leopard skins — both of fully grown animals, police said Sunday.
“Two skins of fully grown leopards were seized yesterday (Saturday) from a poacher near Nahan in Sirmaur district,” Superintendent of Police P.D. Parsad said.
He said one of the skins was eight-feet-three-inch long and the other was seven-feet-one-inch. The leopard is a protected animal and possession of its skin is illegal.
The arrested man has been identified as Gyan Singh.
A case under relevant sections of the Wildlife Preservation Act has been registered against him.
Nahan is close to the Renuka wildlife sanctuary, some 165 km from state capital Shimla.
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