Mumbai: Murderous hunters won't tranquilise tigers anymore.
The era of bloodthirsty shikaris (hunters) invited by forest departments of various states to shoot wild animals in conflict with humans is set to end, as the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has introduced new guidelines for this. As per the rules, a confirmed problem animal should be eliminated only by a government department sharp-shooter and not trigger-happy outsiders as in the case of tigress T1 who was killed last year.
However, wildlife conservationists, experts and veterinarians say that as per section 11(1)(a) of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, the Chief Wildlife Warden (CWLW) has the authority to declare any wild animal as a threat to human life and hence fit to be killed – but can invite a private hunter. They say only the new NTCA guidelines should now be followed.
The NTCA admits a mistake they made earlier (hiring outside and trgigger-happy gunmen) with a modification of their guidelines:
no more shikaris!