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Iran arrests hunters in cheetah habitat

Source: Press TV

A crackdown has been launched on illegal hunters who hunt the endangered species of Asiatic Cheetah in central Iran amid rising concerns over the species' extinction.

Photos- Saving the Iranian Cheetah from Extinction

Environmental activists took five hunters into custody while patrolling in the protected area, an IRNA report said on Saturday.

Conservation agents and police forces seized corpses of six Ovis orientalis and wild goats as well as some guns from illegal hunters.

Police said trespassers have been plaguing the protected areas around the central province of Isfahan, leading to complaints from environmental activists.

Officers have now issued a warning to hunters, many of whom are armed, risking arrest and prosecution.

Police says the hunters had previously been arrested for possession of illegal arms and hunting in the prohibited areas.


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