Sniffer dogs to watch out wildlife crimes in Northeast

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Guwahati, December 20:  Sniffer dogs had been trained to catch wildlife criminals in all the national parks in Northeast region.

A pack of 13 sniffer dogs were employed to curb out the crimes against wildlife in the region.

Training to the dogs had been provided by TRAFFIC in association with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) at the National Training Centre for Dogs (NTCD) in Tekanpur, Gwalior’s.

These dogs have a record of catching around two hundred culprits who were found guilty of hiding animals, its part and many other cases. Out of these 13 sniffer dogs, also called super sniffers, 9 are German Shepherds and 4 are Belgian Malinios and these dogs have attended training for nine long months since April this year.

These dogs are specially trained to find out leopard skin and other body parts of animals, the possession of which is illegal. Currently, the dogs are deployed in Sikkim to prevent the illegal trade of Yarsa Gumba, also known as the Goldrush or the Himalayan Viagra which is very much prevalent in the State.

The sniffers will be accompanied by two dog trainer in each national park to take care of them. After Sikkim, the dogs will be taking up their job in Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Reportedly, 19 State s in India will be using sniffers to fight against Wildlife crimes.

(SIL)