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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Environment and Forests
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1104
ANSWERED ON DECEMBER 04, 2012
Poaching of Leopards in Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka
1104. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS be pleased to state;
(a) whether it is a fact that poaching of leopards at Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka was detected recently;
(b) if so, the details thereof; and
(c) the details of preventive action Government has taken or proposes to take against poaching of leopards and tigers in the reserve?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)
FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS
(SHRIMATI JAYANTHI NATARAJAN)
(a) & (b) As per the information received from the State Government of Karnataka, except for one incident on 14.9.2012 in which one leopard was killed outside the forests in snare laid by villagers for controlling wild pig menace, no poaching of leopards has been reported in Bandipur Tiger Reserve.
(c) The Government of Karnataka has taken following measures to prevent poaching of leopards and tigers in Bandipur Tiger Reserve:
10. Establishment of effective communication system by providing wireless walkie-talkies to all the field staff.