COMPILED BY NIMI KURIAN

A rather bad week in the Northeast region with three of the big five endangered species brutally killed. A full grown Royal Bengal Tiger was killed in a village in Arunachal Pradesh while the villagers consumed the meat and the skin was allegedly sold off to a businessman from the plains. In neighbouring Assam, a rhinoceros in Rajiv National Park, Orang, fell to his death struggling for more than 48 hours after his horn was gouged out by poachers. Two days later another rhinoceros was found dead in Kaziranga National Park. On the same day an elephant carcass was discovered by villagers of Murpholuni forest beat in Kaziranga-Karbianglong Elephant Reserve.

Assam's forest department has now decided to combat poaching by providing commando training for its wildlife staff.