Thursday, 26 December 2013

Major poaching arrest in China

WCS plays significant role in largest-ever action in Jilin Province

December 2013: The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has congratulated authorities in China’s Jilin Province for the recent arrests of five poachers – the largest ever for the province.

The arrests were made by the Forestry Police of the Hunchun Municipal Forestry Bureau (HMFB), who said the organised gang of poachers with two jeeps and 18 hunting dogs admitted to killing more than 20 animals including tiger prey. In addition to the arrests, the jeeps and dogs were confiscated.

The HMFB is one of the members of the Law Enforcement Cooperation Framework initiated by the WCS in 2011. With WCS help, the HMFB has been conducting SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) patrols and snare removal campaigns, as well as camera trapping in the rural areas outside of Hunchun National Nature Reserve since last January. 

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