Breaking! Gang Of 16 Poachers Intercepted & Detained In Islamabad For Illegal Hunting

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A group of 16 so-called “pleasure hunters” was intercepted by the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) for their alleged hunting of endangered species in the Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP).

According to IWMB, the incident marked the “30th attempt of illegal hunting in the Islamabad Capital Territory in a year for the sake of ‘fun’ without a permit, which was foiled by the vigilant team of IWBM.”

As reported by The News, Assistant Director of IWMB, Sikhawat Ali, said that the poachers, including an arsenal of sophisticated weapons and a pack of 20 hunting dogs, were detained at the H-9 forest area.

The group, which was hunting wild boars, revealed that their next destination was Margalla Hills Park where they planned to hunt endangered Grey Gorals, Kalij Pheasants, and Barking Deers.

While the investigation continues as to “whether they were doing this for the sake of fun or smuggling,” A fine of Rs 20,000 was imposed on them under section 5 and 6 of the Islamabad Wildlife (Preservation, Conservation and Protection) Ordinance, 1979.

The IWMB recently enhanced anti-poaching efforts after another group of hunters was arrested several months ago and fined for capturing 13 endangered bird species. As per the media outlet, “there was credible information that a smuggling mafia was also involved.”

According to WWF, the illegal wildlife trade stands at $20 billion annually and still growing, wildlife trafficking has become the world’s fourth largest illicit trade in the world and is killing threatened and endangered species at an alarming rate.

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