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Leopard and Deer pelts seized by wildlife officials

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Chikkamagaluru: Forest department authorities recently conducted a raid on the residence of Shakadri Gaus Moiddeen, situated on Market Road in Chikkamagaluru city, where they confiscated a leopard skin and a deer skin. This operation was carried out based on specific information received by the authorities.

The raid occurred last Friday, and upon their arrival, officials initially found Shakadri’s absence from his home. With the door locked, officers had to wait for over 10 hours until a relative provided the key from Bangalore. After gaining access to the house, a thorough search was conducted in the presence of Shakadri’s relatives, leading to the discovery of the leopard and deer skins.

The seized animal skins will be sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (F.S.L.) for examination and authentication. Authorities have stated their intent to file a case, issue an official notice, and initiate further investigations into the matter. Notably, no tiger skin was found during the search.

The operation was led by Chikmagalur Range Forest Officer (RFO) Mohan, who emphasized, “We will thoroughly investigate every aspect of this case.” This action reflects the forest department’s commitment to combat illegal wildlife trade and the possession of protected animal parts.

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