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Since 1st March, 1999
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Animal hair haul traced

Jamshedpur, Aug. 11: A consignment of nine cartons of animal hair, seized at the Tatanagar railway station last week, has been traced to Nepal and adjoining areas of north Bihar.

The state forest department officials said the hairs, 8 to 10 centimetres long belonged to wild animals, namely snow bears and wild pigs.

'It is suspected that the hairs are that of wild pigs and snow bears. Wild pig is found in every forest and the snow bear is restricted to hilly areas. These may have originated from hilly tracts of Nepal adjoining with North Bihar,' said a senior forest official to The Telegraph.

According to the Dhalbhum divisional forest officer, Satyajit Singh, the snow bear already finds its place in the list of endangered wildlife species.

The central customs and excise department had confiscated the consignment last week. The consignment was destined for Bangalore from Tatanagar.

The customs and excise department is further investigating into the case.

They are also trying to get hold of the party who booked the consignment.

The custom authorities had approached the Dhalbhum forest officials to ascertain the origin and quality of the animal hairs. The local forest officials have sent the animal hairs to Calcutta based animal forensic laboratory and Dehra Dun (Uttaranchal) based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) for exact details.

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