A special force for the protection of tigers, especially from poachers, will be set up in Uttar Pradesh soon.
A meeting, attended by the state's Chief Secretary, to work out modalities for setting up the force, was held in Lucknow on Monday, Forest Department sources said.
The force, funded by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, will be deployed in-and-around the Dudhwa National Park in Lakhimpur Kheri and other places.
"Though the threat of poaching is almost negligible in the Park, we cannot be complacent," Park Director Shailesh Prasad said.
However, the threat of poaching exists along the 111 kilometres long Indo-Nepal border in UP, he said, adding that deployment of the force in the area will help in checking poaching.
As per the 2007 census, the number of tigers in UP was 109, Prasad said. The number has remained the same since then, he added.