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areas where wildlife crime is endemic, careful analysis of information
from a crime may provide vital links to other cases. This led WPSI to
decide to undertake a comprehensive and collaborative study on the
control of wildlife poaching and illegal trade in selected areas.
the mid 1990’s, the States of West Bengal and Maharashtra were chosen.
West Bengal lies along India’s porous eastern border, and WPSI had
received information about a large volume of illegal wildlife trade in
the state. Maharashtra, stretching into central India, had also
reported a large number of seizures of illegal wildlife products.
course of the study, WPSI helped the state governments of these two
states to set up wildlife crime databases. The databases are now
extensively used and updated by the State Forest Departments. The state
governments are implementing many of the recommendations made during
the study, such as having an organised data collection system for