23 February 2017 Current Affairs: The Government of Uttarakhand on 21 February 2017 issued a shoot-at-sight order in the Corbett Tiger Reserve to curb poaching of tigers.
The order was issued by the State Chief Secretary in view of the increased incidences of poaching from the southern border of the tiger reserve.
Corbett Tiger Reserve ; Jim Corbett National Park, which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, is located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett is considered as India's oldest and most prestigious national park.
The prestigious Project Tiger was first launched in this area in 1973.
With an extent of 520 square kilometers, its whole area comprises of hills, marshy depressions, riverine belts, grasslands and large lakes. It is among the few tiger reserves in India that allows overnight stays in the lap of a national park.
Nature watch and wildlife viewing in the park is done in an open four wheeler jeep and on elephant back.
Dhikala, situated at the border of the extensive patil dun valley, is the most popular destination in the tiger reserve because of its superb location and sheer abundance of wildlife. Some of the important safari zones in the tiger reserve are Bijrani Safari Zone, Jhirna Safari Zone and Dhikala Zone.