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Pangolin smuggling on rise

Endangered animal: Pangolin (sketch)

KAVRE, JAN 16 - The incident of smuggling of pangolin , an endangered mammal, is on the rise in recent months.

Police recently rescued a pangolin being smuggled from Panauti Municipality-12 in Kavre district.

“This illegal business has been going on for long,” said a local requesting anonymity. He added that killing of this endangered species is rampant in Panauti, Kusadevi, Mahabharat forest areas. A source said that the animal is smuggled especially into India and China where its body parts such as claws, shells are sold at high prices.

The source added that one kilogram of pangolin 's body parts fetches up to Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 35,000 in India and China respectively.

Spokesperson for the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Hari Bhadra Acharya said that pangolin 's smuggling has gone up in recent times.

However, Kavre District Forest Office Chief Kirannath Shrestha expressed ignorance about it.

“We do not know about the smuggling ,” said Shrestha, adding there are "many" pangolin s in the district's forests. Inspector Banepa Santosh Tamang said police have beefed up security to curb the illegal business.

Posted on: 2011-01-16 09:37

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