Wildlife Bureau to look into tiger deaths in Kanha, Kaziranga
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
New Delhi (PTI): Alarmed at the spate of tiger deaths in Kaziranga and Kanha tiger reserves in the last three months, the environment ministry has directed theWildlife Crime Control Bureau to probe into the possible role of organised gangs in the killings.
This is for the first time that the WCCB has been entrusted with such a sensitive task. Two teams of the investigating agency have been deputed to the two reserves in Assam and Madhya Pradesh to enquire into the mysterious deaths and possible links with the poachers in the area.
“WCCB is a professional body with requisite expertise to gather intelligence and probe whether a gang of poachers were involved in the crime. The State governments are just trying to brush the matter under the carpet, the ministry feels,” sources in the environment ministry told PTI.
They said the State government’s theory that the deaths were natural or tigers had died because of fighting with another predators can’t be bought as death toll in just three months since November last year had climbed to 10 in Kaziranga park and seven in Kanha sanctuary.