Tranquilizing Tigers: With Or Without Permission?

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India – Times of India

Seek Approval While Tranquilising Or Putting Down Tigers: NTCA.

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To ensure that tigers are not poached and illegally killed on the pretext of being man-eaters, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA ) has mandated all the tiger-range states to take approval from it while putting down or tranquilising any big cat.

The approval should “preferably be prior or ex- post facto depending on the exigency involved,” NTCA’s letter says. The directive was sent to the chief wildlife warden and head of forest force of all the states by additional director general and member secretary of NTCA Anup Kumar Nayak a few days ago.

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To ensure that tigers are not poached and illegally killed on the pretext of being man-eaters, the Indian tiger authority (NTCA) has ordered all tiger states to ask for permission with the NTCA before shooting or tranquilizing a tiger.

The wildlife wardens however oppose this as they say that they need to act quickly if the safety of people is at stake.

To be continued.

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