Erode: Five persons have been arrested in three separate cases and leopard skin and a tiger's skeleton recovered from them, forest officials said today.
Two poachers were arrested yesterday in Karamadai village near Coimbatore on charges of possessing leopard skin.
Forest officials said the skin had bullet marks on it indicating that it was shot by poachers.
Another person was arrested at Kavindapady, 25 km from Erode, for trying to sell a tiger's skull and skeleton.
Two persons were arrested for attempting to sell a wild cat similar to a leopard cub. The wild cat, kept in a cage at Vaipady village, was rescued and taken to the forest
ranger office, officials added.