Police bust wildlife crimes in Hainan, one suspect held


HAIKOU: Forest police in South China’s island province Hainan have busted several cases related to wild animals poaching and trade and arrested one suspect, the provincial public security department said.

It said yesterday that it had launched an operation to inspect marketplaces, flower and bird markets, eateries, breeding sites for wild animals and their habitats to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus through illegal wildlife trading.

Forestry police in Wanning said a suspect caught a rare and endangered python and kept it on a farm.

In Ledong Li autonomous county, police solved the illegal killing of an osprey and illegal purchase of a macaque.

In Wenchang, 36 frozen Eurasian coots were found in a suspect’s home and 88 live Eurasian coots on his duck farm. — China Daily/ANN

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