7 fined for chasing protected antelope
Seven people were fined a total of 105,000 yuan ($15,830; 13,420 euros; £12,000) for chasing Tibetan antelope on a nature reserve in the Tibet autonomous region, the local forestry department said on Oct 8. On Oct 4, a group of seven tourists in two SUVs drove off a public road and into the Siling Co Nature Reserve in Nagchu prefecture, said Deng Zhonghua of Lhasa’s public security bureau. The reserve, covering 18,936 square kilometers including Serlingtso Lake, is the world’s largest habitat for black-necked cranes. The reserve is also home to about 30,000 Tibetan antelope, a first-class State-protected species. The police tracked down the group in the vehicles on Oct 6, then handed the case over to the local forestry department. Each person was fined 10,000 yuan for breaking the Wild Animal Conservation Law and 5,000 yuan for breaking nature reserve regulations. The person in charge of the area was disqualified from the annual excellence assessment and will not receive an allowance for three months.