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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tigers at risk of poaching over sharing locations on social media

Tigers at risk of poaching over sharing locations on social media

BHOPAL: The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has asked the field directors of tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh and other states to take steps to prevent circulation of pictures and video footages of tiger movements on WhatsApp groups and Facebook. Advising the process to be stopped with immediate effect, NTCA letter has brought back in focus 'Cyber poaching' of tigers. 

Tiger death toll in Madhya Pradesh in the last 14 months has gone up to 43 which includes 14 since J .. 

The circular issued by Dr Vaibhav C Mathur, NTCA's assistant inspector general of forests on Saturday expressed concern on sharing pictures of tigers and their camera traps along with locations of tiger reserves on social networking sites. 

"This information has the potential to be used for committing wildlife crimes," the letter said. 

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