Nod must for tran­quil­liz­ing tigers: NTCA

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation -

Dehradun: 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. For­est of­fi­cials how­ever said that the di­rec­tions have cre­ated some con­fu­sion due to the or­der con­flict­ing with sec­tion 11 of the Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Act, 1972 which gives pow­ers to the state chief wildlife war­dens to take any de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the wildlife un­der their ju­ris­dic­tion.

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