SHOOT TO KILL POLICY ISSUED FOR CORBETT TO CURB POACHING

25 February 2017

The Government of Uttarakhand on 21st February issued a controversial shoot-on-sight policy order for the Corbett Tiger reserve, because of a spate of killings in and around the park. The Park is one of the original seven declared in 1973 as part of Project tigers. It also is one of the densest tiger populations in India with an estimated 340 tigers in the state’s landscape, and one of the busiest for tourism too.

Issued by the State Chief Secretary it is being done to curb poaching on its southern boundaries principally and follows a similar policy in Kaziranga National Park in Assam. It’s a controversial policy that is not without its critics.

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