Now Dog's To Keep An Eye On Poachers

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In a bid to curb hunting of declining wild cats, forest officials are now mulling to use the services of dogs to keep a watch on the poachers.Four dogs are being trained here to keep a watch on the poachers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand.

“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.Traffic India of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was bearing the expenditure of dog training, and had bought the canines for different forest departments, Rai said.

After training, two dogs will be handed over to the MP forest department and one each will be deployed in Maharashtra and Jharkhand, he said.According to Rai, the canines have completed the first part of their training – obedience – and now they will be imparted skills of nose work and trekking to track down the poachers.

“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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