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RE: Tiger Predation - Pckts - 04-21-2016

I think she knew that the guar would no longer be a threat with a broken leg. A healthy guar can run off male tigers sometimes so I don't think she'd play around with her cubs life. But that being said, allowing the Cubs a chance to attack a creature of that size must of been an opportunity to good to pass up.


RE: Tiger Predation - Pckts - 04-21-2016

Tigress Maya Attacks an Adult Male Gaur From Behind!
Pandherpauni Waterhole
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
India


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Yesterday morning I was witness a action packed drama of prey & predator, when Maya & her 3 cubs killed a full grown bull male Indian Gaur in front of me. Such things are seen very few times in Jungle & I was full of my 3-4 cards by these images. many more to come...........
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve,Chandrapur, Maharashtra, India
Nikon D800
Nikon 600mm f/4 VRII
Pls feel free to share......
Atul Dhamankar
atultiger@rediffmail.com
Cell:- 7620792206, 9423619933
Website :- http://www.atuldhamankartiger.com/

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RE: Tiger Predation - Dr Panthera - 04-26-2016

(04-20-2016, 09:51 PM)Pckts Wrote: PC Credit Pradeep Singh
Chal mere ghode tik tik tik..... One of the Cub out of three of Maya the female Tiger in TATR.. Saw them today as the mother has left the cubs to learn the skills of killing a big animal like this.. First Maya broke ankle of this Gaur and then she left the cubs for learning...

— with Rachit Singh.


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What a great start of the first safari in Tadoba.. Saw Maya and her 3 cubs today killing this Gaur... (sad for Gaur but this is nature).. Hope to see them again if they still around which i think they'll be as its a big meal....

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I swear, I feel like I see soo many tigress' making large Guar kills now, it's really impressive.
Is there any doubt that Guar are extremely prevalent on a tigers menu as long as they exist together?

Extremely prevalent would imply gaur contribution of over 50% to the biomass eaten by tigers which is not the case ( 0-42% range of published studies). But I agree with you we are seeing more and more gaur kills in some areas versus the more usual sambar-chital-wild boar staple diet.
Some tigers are proficient gaur hunters especially in southern India where the populations of both tigers and gaur are reasonable enough to provide tigers with opportunities for such predation, the foot and mouth outbreaks of the 1990's have made gaur more vulnerable to tiger predation in Nagarahole and Bandipur and we now have generations of tigers who attack and kill gaur more frequently including healthy adults.
Maya is an intelligent tigress, she realized that the crippled gaur is unable of using its horns nor hooves, so she taught her cubs an important skill: biting the spine of dangerous prey that is more likely than not to injure them in a frontal attack.
A solitary huntress should teach her cubs a whole lot and Maya is doing a good job!


RE: Tiger Predation - Pckts - 04-26-2016

(04-26-2016, 09:25 PM)Dr Panthera Wrote: Extremely prevalent would imply gaur contribution of over 50% to the biomass eaten by tigers which is not the case ( 0-42% range of published studies). But I agree with you we are seeing more and more gaur kills in some areas versus the more usual sambar-chital-wild boar staple diet.
Some tigers are proficient gaur hunters especially in southern India where the populations of both tigers and gaur are reasonable enough to provide tigers with opportunities for such predation, the foot and mouth outbreaks of the 1990's have made gaur more vulnerable to tiger predation in Nagarahole and Bandipur and we now have generations of tigers who attack and kill gaur more frequently including healthy adults.
Maya is an intelligent tigress, she realized that the crippled gaur is unable of using its horns nor hooves, so she taught her cubs an important skill: biting the spine of dangerous prey that is more likely than not to injure them in a frontal attack.
A solitary huntress should teach her cubs a whole lot and Maya is doing a good job!

I wasn't putting a % to it, simply stating how often we see it now.
Is it any surprise that with the invention of portable cameras, more access to safari's and better protection of all species in those protected areas that we now are able to find numerous accounts, videos and images of these types of predations.

I certainly don't think they are more prevalent than sambar, chital or boar but like you state, they don't coexist enough to really be gauged in that way.
But if Gaur #s continue to increase and they begin expand their territories, predation will only continue to increase.
I look at the sighting of the Gaur in Kaziranga as truly a great barometer of these creatures. Maybe I'm looking too much into it but I think it's far more revealing than we give it credit for.


RE: Tiger Predation - Dr Panthera - 04-27-2016

(04-26-2016, 09:34 PM)Pckts Wrote:
(04-26-2016, 09:25 PM)Dr Panthera Wrote: Extremely prevalent would imply gaur contribution of over 50% to the biomass eaten by tigers which is not the case ( 0-42% range of published studies). But I agree with you we are seeing more and more gaur kills in some areas versus the more usual sambar-chital-wild boar staple diet.
Some tigers are proficient gaur hunters especially in southern India where the populations of both tigers and gaur are reasonable enough to provide tigers with opportunities for such predation, the foot and mouth outbreaks of the 1990's have made gaur more vulnerable to tiger predation in Nagarahole and Bandipur and we now have generations of tigers who attack and kill gaur more frequently including healthy adults.
Maya is an intelligent tigress, she realized that the crippled gaur is unable of using its horns nor hooves, so she taught her cubs an important skill: biting the spine of dangerous prey that is more likely than not to injure them in a frontal attack.
A solitary huntress should teach her cubs a whole lot and Maya is doing a good job!

I wasn't putting a % to it, simply stating how often we see it now.
Is it any surprise that with the invention of portable cameras, more access to safari's and better protection of all species in those protected areas that we now are able to find numerous accounts, videos and images of these types of predations.

I certainly don't think they are more prevalent than sambar, chital or boar but like you state, they don't coexist enough to really be gauged in that way.
But if Gaur #s continue to increase and they begin expand their territories, predation will only continue to increase.
I look at the sighting of the Gaur in Kaziranga as truly a great barometer of these creatures. Maybe I'm looking too much into it but I think it's far more revealing than we give it credit for.

The remote cameras are incredible, in a century time they will be deployed  in all areas of wildlife concentration which will increase our knowledge of all creatures.
Ali Swanson did her Ph.D. under the supervision of Craig Packer on the interactions among large carnivores in the Serengeti ( lions,hyenas, leopards, and cheetahs) through deploying cameras that videotaped the core study area taking two million photographs, then enlisted online volunteers to screen the photos and provide the biologists with the interesting findings for analysis, the program was called zooniverse and if this can be expanded and cover more and more habitat giving us more observation and knowledge.
Also the fact that this is Tadoba in central India where predation on gaur is not as commonly recorded as in southern India is good news , predation on gaur would safeguard against depletion of sambar ( because of poaching)


RE: Tiger Predation - Pckts - 04-27-2016

Speaking of predation on gaur in Tadoba,
I'm not sure how much it occurred in the past compared to now or how many studies have actually been done there, but I know quite a few instances of it occurring there in recent times. The one mentioned above, waghdoh feeding on his guar kill and a few others below. In fact, I know it occurs in Bandipur as well, obviously, but I see less compared to Tadoba. But that could be because of numerous factors... Accessibility, tourism numbers, tiger numbers and many others.

Mihir Mahajan
Stories from the bamboo forest | Tadoba.
On our way back from Kolsa, we had got a whiff of extremely foul odour at a particular spot. Due to time shortage, we did not stop to investigate.
On the evening round, we went to that particular place which was inside a bamboo maze, a good 100 meters from the main road!
And there it was - 4 huge tigers on a gaur kill! We could see them through the dense foliage, hear them giving contented roars and feel the excitement which only a big cat can make you experience!
One of my more thrilling sightings!
Tadoba, June '15.

Srinivas Srini
You get in life what you have the COURAGE to ask for !!!
A mother's love for its family ( Gaur Kill ) @ Tadoba - Andhari Tiger Reserve , India.
( March 2015 )

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Concept : Brunch

Tiger cub at Kolsa region of Tadoba rushing towards the Gaur kill.. - 2015

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This is the other tigress who killed the Male Gaur I was talking about
"Tigress with Indian Gaur Kill.
Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Maharashtra. India.
March.2015."

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TIGER WITH GAUR KILL !!!
Tadoba, March 2015
Nikon D4s, Nikon 600mm f4
ISO 800 f5 1/1000


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Botezari Sub-adult Cub- One of Most Shy Tigers of Tadoba Tiger Reserve
I have seen them walk silently in the bamboos, wait patiently for tourist commotion to clear off and slowly proceed to feed on the gaur kill. A real treat observing lesser tiger secret behavior.
A low light Shot on a rainy evening.


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My goal isn't to say Tadoba has more or less than Bandipur or anywhere else that has these bovine, just to show that Tadoba is a hot spot of Gaur predation.


RE: Tiger Predation - sanjay - 04-28-2016

A tigress from corbett national park is following elephant heard. Image by Diwakar Chinnappan
Tiger following elephant heard in corbett
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RE: Tiger Predation - sanjay - 04-28-2016

Tigress bijli from RTR April 2015.

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RE: Tiger Predation - Roflcopters - 04-28-2016

(04-27-2016, 10:37 PM)Pckts Wrote: Speaking of predation on gaur in Tadoba,
I'm not sure how much it occurred in the past compared to now or how many studies have actually been done there, but I know quite a few instances of it occurring there in recent times. The one mentioned above, waghdoh feeding on his guar kill and a few others below. In fact, I know it occurs in Bandipur as well, obviously, but I see less compared to Tadoba. But that could be because of numerous factors... Accessibility, tourism numbers, tiger numbers and many others.

Mihir Mahajan
Stories from the bamboo forest | Tadoba.
On our way back from Kolsa, we had got a whiff of extremely foul odour at a particular spot. Due to time shortage, we did not stop to investigate.
On the evening round, we went to that particular place which was inside a bamboo maze, a good 100 meters from the main road!
And there it was - 4 huge tigers on a gaur kill! We could see them through the dense foliage, hear them giving contented roars and feel the excitement which only a big cat can make you experience!
One of my more thrilling sightings!
Tadoba, June '15.

Srinivas Srini
You get in life what you have the COURAGE to ask for !!!
A mother's love for its family ( Gaur Kill ) @ Tadoba - Andhari Tiger Reserve , India.
( March 2015 )

*This image is copyright of its original author



Concept : Brunch

Tiger cub at Kolsa region of Tadoba rushing towards the Gaur kill.. - 2015

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This is the other tigress who killed the Male Gaur I was talking about
"Tigress with Indian Gaur Kill.
Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Maharashtra. India.
March.2015."

*This image is copyright of its original author

TIGER WITH GAUR KILL !!!
Tadoba, March 2015
Nikon D4s, Nikon 600mm f4
ISO 800 f5 1/1000


*This image is copyright of its original author


Botezari Sub-adult Cub- One of Most Shy Tigers of Tadoba Tiger Reserve
I have seen them walk silently in the bamboos, wait patiently for tourist commotion to clear off and slowly proceed to feed on the gaur kill. A real treat observing lesser tiger secret behavior.
A low light Shot on a rainy evening.


*This image is copyright of its original author


My goal isn't to say Tadoba has more or less than Bandipur or anywhere else that has these bovine, just to show that Tadoba is a hot spot of Gaur predation.

Tadoba has two Gaur specialists present, Shivanzari tigress of Kolsa and Wagdoh male.


RE: Tiger Predation - Pckts - 04-30-2016

Shamanth Krishnamurthy

The Survivor !!! This huge Guy survived a tiger attack but unfortunately lost an eye in the fight for survival. Clicked @ Bandipur in Dec 2015


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RE: Tiger Predation - Ngala - 05-02-2016

Battle of the big cats sees tiger hunt and devour a lynx

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Photo credits: Dale G. Miquelle, Wildlife Conservation Society

Article: First recorded case of tiger killing Eurasian lynx Petrunenko, Polkovnikov, Gilbert & Miquelle, 2016


RE: Tiger Predation - Pckts - 05-03-2016

Shahanaz Baig


OMG......today on Maharashtra day in pandar pauni (TATR) again Maya's N her cubs magic happened.... they hunt wild bore. And celebratingMaharashtra day.
‪#‎JAYmaHarashtra‬......
‪#‎JAYvidarbha‬!!!!!***

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RE: Tiger Predation - Apollo - 05-03-2016

Tigress chasing a deer







RE: Tiger Predation - Pckts - 05-03-2016

(05-03-2016, 10:44 PM)Apollo Wrote: Tigress chasing a deer




I thought Tigers weren't capable of longer sprints...  Wink

Awesome to see her in pursuit, it's such a rare sighting. TFS


RE: Tiger Predation - Apollo - 05-04-2016

Tiger attack sambar deer carcass

Check the link for the video

http://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/video/tiger-attacks-a-sambar-deer-carcass-stock-video-footage/14D00003_0055