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Forest Ministry plans to rein in poachers by employing informers

 


By: Adnan Attarwala         Date:  2012-04-02         Place: Pune

Move comes after WPSI data reveals three tigers, 15 leopards, other endangered species poached in large numbers in state this year alone

Taking cognizance of increasing incidents of poaching across sanctuaries and national parks in the state, the forest ministry plans to strengthen its anti-poaching measures by roping in informers, and offering rewards for updates on illegal activities involving wildlife.

This development comes after the ministry sought data from the Wildlife Protection Society of India, which claims that three tigers and around 15 leopards, along with other endangered animals and birds have been poached in large numbers this year alone in the state.

The maximum numbers of cases related to poaching and other illegal activities involving wildlife have been reported in Maharashtra in 2012. "As the sanctuary areas are well-protected, most of the incidents of poaching are happening outside the borders.

We are strengthening the anti-poaching system of informers and forest guards to ensure that the corridors between the two paths of the sanctuaries and the villages are protected," said principal secretary (Forest) Pravin Pardeshi.



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