Nod must for tranquillizing tigers: NTCA
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.