Alipurduar tiger skin likely to be of Manas big cat.
The tiger skin seized from two Bhutanese nationals in Alipurduar last Tuesday had been on the for-sale list of suspected poachers for several months, forest officials said.
The special task force of the state forest department seized the tiger skin, along with the big cat’s skull and bones, from two residents of Bhutan at Hasimara in Alipurduar. The duo, suspected couriers, had allegedly procured the skin and bones from poachers in Assam, forest officials said.
Five persons were arrested near the Bengal-Assam border in June after forest sleuths received a tip-off that a tiger had been killed in Assam’s Manas National Park.
The tiger skin, seized after the arrest of two tiger poachers form Bhutan, seem to belong to a tiger from Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam, according to tiger experts.
The skin was meant to be sold in Nepal, but the arrest prevented this black market sale.