The enemy within

Karnataka might soon have a wildlife crime bureau on the lines of the National Wildlife Crime Bureau, which was set up on the recommendations of the Tiger Task Force. The threat to wildlife in the State is more from indigenous tribes than from outsiders. "We are convinced that the Hakki Pikki tribe is involved in the inter-state poaching racket in Karnataka forests. They have nexus with tribes in other states like the Bahelias in Madhya Pradesh and Pardis in Gujarat,' said Inspector General of Police (CID, Forest Cell) KSN Chikkerur.

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