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19 leopards died till Feb this year: Sharma

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Around 19 leopards have died till February this year due to various reasons including and electrocution, was informed today.

for Environment in written reply to a question said the deaths of leopards were due to various factors such as poaching, electrocution, accident, infighting and natural death.

"As per the information provided by the state enforcement agencies, 19 leopards have died up to February in the current year," he said.

He was asked whether more than 93 leopards deaths took place in just two months of 2018.

He said the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 provides for punishment for violation of its provisions.

The Act also provides for forfeiture of any equipment, vehicle or weapon that is used for committing wildlife offences, he said.

He said in the states maintain strict vigil against of leopards.

"Wildlife Control Bureau has been set up to gather intelligence about and unlawful trade in wild animals and animal articles, including leopards, and to achieve inter-state and trans-boundary coordination in enforcement of wildlife laws," he said.

He said state and union territories have been asked to strengthen field formations and intensify patrolling in and around protected areas.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 18:05 IST