A joint team of officials from the Central Investigation Bureau and the Department of Forests arrested Bhupesh Ghale with the hide of conserved red panda from Bidur in the district on Tuesday.

Incidents of rhino poaching and the illegal horn trade are at the highest levels in over 20 years, placing the survival of these species at great risk, according to a recent report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Traffic, a wildlife trade monitoring network. The report, however, credits conservation efforts in Nepal and India with an increase in the number of Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros.