Indo-Asian News Service. (2007, October 25). One more rhino killed as poaching continues in Kaziranga. [Online]. Available: http://news.monstersandcritics.com/india/news/article_1368611.php [2008, March 21].
rhinos; poaching; India; Kaziranga National Park; endangered; horn; trade; medicinal; ornamental
Poachers killed an endangered one-horned rhino at the Kaziranga National Park, taking the toll of the giant pachyderms slaughtered so far this year to 17.
A wildlife official said Thursday that the park rangers recovered the carcass Wednesday from near the Bagori range of the park, 220 km east from Guwahati, the state's main city.
'The poachers used automatic weapons to kill the full-grown female rhino and then took away its horn,' park director S.N. Buragohain told IANS. The park warden said a group of about five poachers was involved.
'Local villagers residing along the periphery of the park later told us they saw the five poachers carrying rifles and other weapons passing through the area.
'The villagers thought they were tribal militants and so were scared to challenge them,' Buragohain said. This is the first time in a decade that the number of rhinos killed in a year has touched the double-digit figure inside the 430 sq km park.
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