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Tiger protection force in Uttar Pradesh soon

Tiger protection force in Uttar Pradesh soon

PTI Tuesday, April 20, 2010 17:52 IST

Lucknow: A special force for the protection of tigers, especially from poachers, will be set up in Uttar Pradesh soon.

A meeting, attended by the state chief secretary, to work out modalities for setting up the force was held in Lucknow yesterday, Forest Department sources said.

The force, funded by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, will be deployed in-and-around the Dudhwa National Park in Lakhimpur Kheri and other places.

"Though the threat of poaching is almost negligible in the Park, we cannot be complacent," Park Director Shailesh Prasad told PTI.

However, the threat of poaching exists along the 111-km long Indo-Nepal border in UP, he said adding the deployment of force in the area will help in checking the menace.

As per the 2007 census, the number of tigers in UP was 109, Prasad said adding the number had remained static since then.

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