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Assam: Five skulls of capped langur species found in forest

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Assam: The carcasses of five subspecies of the Capped Langur, listed as an endangered primate by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) were found in Behali reserve forest of northern Assam.

Suspicion:

A team of researchers working in the Biswanath district’s Behali Reserve Forest suspects that the creatures were killed by poachers for their skin, bones and tails. 

Although, tribes in adjacent Arunachal Pradesh used to hunt earlier in the reserve forest that once used to be a safe haven for poaching activities, the forest department is sniffing the role of armed smugglers as intrusion of residents from Arunachal has been kept under strict surveillance by the administration and locals.

Even I’d the local communities from Assam side seem to be free from the suspicion of the investigating officials, the meat-eating tribesmen from bordering Arunachal are under the radar.

When was the incident first noticed?

The incident was first brought to the notice of the forest department on January 4, in a search with NGO members. But despite interrogating some locals, the forest department is yet to make a breakthrough.

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