Friday, February 19, 2010

Dogs to Guard Wild Cats

In a newest bid to save tigers and other wild cats from poachers, dogs are being trained by forest departments of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand.

The four German Shepard’s specifically bought by Traffic India of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are being trained rigorously for the purpose. It is believed they will help the officials track poachers and make it easier to locate and nab them.

According to the officials the first phase of the training is already complete with the dogs learning ‘obedience’ and now they will be imparted skills of nose work and trekking to track down the poachers.

"We are training four dogs - all German Shepard's - for the forest departments of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, to check poaching of animals, especially tigers," Madhya Pradesh Special Armed Force (SAF) 23nd Battalion's Dog Training Academy deputy superintendent of police (DSP) B B Rai said.

"We have asked the Madhya Pradesh forest department to provide us hides and bones of animals, particulary tigers to give nose smell training to the dogs," he added.

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