Offenders, who illegally hunted snow leopard, have been arrested
Additionally, the persons or offenders compensate MNT 20-26 million (or USD 15,000) according to the ecological and economic assessment of wildlife.
Nature and wildlife protection is considered as a matter of vital concern for everyone living on the Earth. However, some dim-witted greedy so people still do illegally hunt wildlife species encroached at the nature and its resources. Recently, officers of the Environmental Crime division of Criminal Police Department arrested two locals (aged between 27-30 years old) of Govi-Altai Aimag, who transported illegally hunted snow leopard, one of the endangered species listed in the Mongolian Red Book, on a way from Govi-Altai Aimag to Ulaanbaatar city. For now, the case is under trial by the District’s Police division to reveal who involved in the case, where the snow leopard was poached, and other relevant facts. According to the respective Mongolian Law, the persons, who poached and trapped very rare wildlife species, and stored, traded, and purchased their products, are a subject to criminal case. If the persons’ acts are documented, they are sent to a prison for 3-5 years. Additionally, the persons or offenders compensate MNT 20-26 million (or USD 15,000) according to the ecological and economic assessment of wildlife.
Incidentally, environmental crimes are committed in more comprehensive, complicated, and organized ways and these approaches considerably hinder wildlife conservation efforts in practice. To stop and prevent from these illegal actions, the WWF Mongolia Programme Office cooperates with the Environmental Crime Investigation Division of the Investigation Department of the General Police Office and the Anti-Environmental Crime Division of Criminal Police Department through a Memorandum of Understanding. As a result of commencement of the cooperative efforts, quite considerable progress is seen in arrest and discovery of networked illegal actions such as poaching and illegal timbering and trade of wildlife products.