Forest guards in a state in western India will be allowed to shoot poachers on sight without fear of prosecution in an effort to protect dwindling tiger populations. Maharashtra state's forest minister Patangrao Kadam said on Tuesday that guards who injure or kill illegal hunters will not be "booked for human rights violations." The change follows a similar move in Assam, where one-horned rhino populations have recovered following the state's adoption of a hardline anti-poaching stance. Half of the world's estimated 3,200 wild tigers live in India.
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