Tigers in Indian sanctuaries to sport ID cards

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New Delhi, Oct 8: Tigers all across Indian sanctuaries would sport their own 'identity cards' describing their profile to help authorities to track their movements.

"We have issued an advisory to all the 17-tiger range states to keep an ID card specifying the details of each tiger in their sanctuaries," Rajesh Gopal, member secretary National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), said.

The identity card would comprise photograph of the tiger, its skin print, a unique characteristic of each predator, kill data and camera trap as well radio collar records with regular update of its behaviour.

"Maintaining an ID of each tiger will help the officials particularly forest guards keep a track on the predator in their jurisdiction. The idea is to strengthen tiger conservation at the ground level," Gopal explained.

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