The Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) on 21 February issued shoot-at-sight orders against poachers. But the orders were to be carried out only for “self-protection against poachers carrying arms,” CTR director Parag Madhukar Dhakate said.
A five-day anti-poaching operation was initiated following information about suspected movement of poachers.
According to the tiger census data released in 2015, Uttarakhand, with 340 tigers, has the second highest tiger population in the country after Karnataka. According to wildlife experts, the tiger population has gone up in the past two years.
“We received some inputs from the intelligence agencies following which we have started an anti-poaching operation. We have sealed the entry points of the Corbett Tiger Reserve on the northern and southern borders. Forest workers have been ordered to instantly shoot any poacher or hunter seen with arms in the core critical tiger habitat zone,” Mr. Dhakate said.