Wednesday, 19 August 2015

NEWSLINK: Forest guard shortage makes it hard to check poaching

A shortage of staff poses challenge for the Uttarakhand forest department to keep tabs on rampant poaching of smaller wild species, officials said.

The government claims to have made several steps to conserve big cats and other big wild species, but the smaller animals are fast falling prey to poachers.

71% of the state is forest cover, which is about 38,000 sqkm.

But with only 2,500 permanent and about 1,100 contractual forest guards, safeguarding such a vast area has become a challenge for the department, officials said.


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