Baripada: Skin of a leopard believed to have been killed inside Similipal sanctuary area in Mayurbhanj district was seized from a youth during a raid by forest officials.
Following a tip-off, forest officials of Dudhiani range raided a weekly hat and the leopard skin was found in possession of Bikram Patra (30) of Salarapada village who was on his way to market the skin, forest officials said.
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However, two accomplices of Patra managed to escape in a motor-bike.
A case under Protection of Wildlife Act was registered against the culprit.
In an another incident a carcass of a tusker was found inside Satabedi forest limits under Karanjia forest division today. The intestine of the tusker was bulging out of its body and there were signs of profuse bleeding .
The tusker had fallen victim to a tussle between two tuskers in the forest, the official said.