Otter poaching in Palni Hills

V. Meena


Palni Hills are known for their diverse flora and fauna including otters.  The Common otter Lutra lutra and the Small-clawed Otter Aonyx cinerea reported from Palni Hills are under servere threat not only from habitat destruction but face extirmination from  illegal poaching in the area.  Nomadic tribes from Haryana are found to trap otters and sell their oil in northern Indian markets.

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