GUWAHATI, March 15

Thirty-nine tigers and 16 lions were killed across the country -- most of them by poachers -- since 2006, Government told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. As many as 29 tigers and nine lions were killed by poachers, Minister of State for Environment and Forests S Regupathy said.

KOLKATA: The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau is likely to refer to Interpol the case of Czech entomologist Emil Kucera illegally fleeing India, jumping bail granted by a Darjeeling court.

Mr. Kucera, who was awarded three-year imprisonment for smuggling out rare insects from the Singalila National Park in June, fled to the Czech Republic last week.

In an example of how civilian co-operation can help tackle wildlife crime, three dancing bears have been rescued from Salem district in Tamil Nadu, after local people responded to an advert in a regional paper asking for information on sightings of dancing bears.

Czech scientist let off with fine - Associate sentenced to 3 years

An international racket of trade in tiger parts has been unearthed by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) leading to the arrest of three alleged poachers.

The racket, having connections with Narayan, brother of jailed poacher Sansarchand, was busted during a five-month-long operation in four north Indian states.

Three key members

On the heels of India's intervention on Thursday suggesting restrictions on captive tiger farming in countries like China, a working group based on this suggestion was formed, which met at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) on Friday.

"The working group consists of India, US, China, WWF, European Union and the CITES Secretariat,' said Dr Susan S Lieberman, Director, Species Programme WWF-International, and member of the Working Group, speaking from Geneva to The Indian Express.

Bhima Bawariya was arrested in 2005 following a seizure of tiger parts, is now out on bail This Monday, a team from the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) raided a house in Old Gurgaon and recovered a 14-foot long tiger carcass.

Marcus Dam KOLKATA: Two Czech nationals, held for allegedly smuggling specimens of beetles and moths from the northern range of the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling district on June 22, were remanded to judicial custody by a local court at a special session on Wednesday after their pleas for bail were rejected for the second time. The insects were found in the possession of the two men, Peter Svacha and Emil Kucera

NEW DELHI: After a tiger skeleton was recovered from a residential premises at Surat Nagar in Gurgaon on Monday following a combined raid by the local police and officials of the Delhi-based Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, the Haryana police have registered a case and are now looking for the accused identified as Bhima Bavaria.