Drone to track tigers in the Sun­dar­bans

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE WEST Ben­gal for­est depart­ment has planned to use a drone over the Sun­dar­bans to track the move­ment of tigers and en­croach­ers in the re­gion. "Sit­ting at one point we would be able to scan a for­est area of 15-20 sq km. It will be a force mul­ti­plier for us as we would be able to track move­ments with lim­ited staff," Sun­dar­ban Bio­sphere Re­serve Di­rec­tor Pradeep Vyas said. Be­sides track­ing the move­ments of a tiger that re­quires med­i­cal at­ten­tion or is a threat to the nearby vil­lage res­i­dents, the drone would help catch en­croach­ers in the pro­tected ar­eas. The for­est depart­ment will buy the drone from a spe­cialised agency for ` 20-30 lakh.

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