India Deploys Drones —to Protect Rhinos
Indian state gets aggressive against poachers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2013 11:25 AM CDT
One-horned rhinoceros' look at tourists at Kaziranga national park in India.   (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

(Newser) – Problem: Poachers are killing more and more protected rhinos in India's Kaziranga national park, and the sanctuary is too massive to effectively patrol on the ground. Solution: Drones. Officials in the state of Assam plan to deploy the aircraft—presumably the inexpensive, unmanned variety—to help save their one-horned rhinos, reports the Wall Street Journal. Park rangers also now have automatic weapons and the authority to kill poachers in the line of duty, a development that has alarmed human rights groups but has the rangers sounding defiant.

"I'm not answerable to anyone to protect the rhinos," says one ranger recently involved in a shootout that left two poachers dead. "I will not let anyone harm them."

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stefystef
Jun 13, 2014 9:33 AM CDT
How any animal rights group could complain about the protection of rhinos by any means is ridiculous! They should do the same thing in Africa. Kill the poachers and then block trade with counties that buy the tusks, horns, etc. (i.e. China). This can be stopped.
Chris
Jun 11, 2014 3:38 PM CDT
I take my poachers fully poached.
right2dave
Mar 27, 2013 5:55 AM CDT
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