The decision on exemption follows the recently concluded meeting of the CITES standing committee on wild fauna and flora in Geneva, Switzerland. India has been a party to CITES since 1976.
Meanwhile, Gadag DCF Dipika Bajpai said there is no need to panic as the hyena appears to have died a normal death. The presence of rabies virus is highly unlikely, she added.
The second Global Amphibian Assessment, a comprehensive analysis of 8,011 species worldwide conducted by over 1,000 experts, revealed the alarming statistics.