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RE: Bigcats News - Sanju - 01-01-2019

13 lions drowned in open wells in three years, Rajya Sabha told
Updated: Jan 1, 2019, 05:50 AM IST

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Quote:As many as 13 Asiatic Lions died after falling in open wells in the last three years, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.

Union minister of state for environment and forest Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply in the Upper House that
  • 5 lions died due to falling in uncovered wells in 2015-16,
  • 3 in 2016-17, and 
  • 5 in 2017-18.
The information was provided in response to a question by Rajya Sabha MP from Sikkim, Hishey Lachungpa, Wowwho had sought details of animal deaths in forest and nearby areas due to uncovered wells, and steps taken by the government to to tackle the problem.

Sharma said that the ministry did not collate details of animal death in forest and nearby areas because of uncovered wells, but shared the information provided to it by the Gujarat government. Garrr..

"The Ministry provides financial assistance to state governments under various centrally sponsored schemes for protection and conservation of wildlife and their habitats," the minister added in the reply.

Quote:Gir in Gujarat is the only abode of Asiatic Lions in the world. Over 30 lions have died due to various unnatural causes in the state this year. The 2015 Census had pegged the population of the big cats at 523.

https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-13-lions-drowned-in-open-wells-in-three-years-rajya-sabha-told-2702827


RE: Bigcats News - Sanju - 01-01-2019

Loco pilot’s alertness saves lion

In the fight to conserve wildlife, each step counts! Loco-pilot applies emergency brakes in Rajkot to save Asiatic Lion crossing tracks. It's good to know that these drivers are vigilant, fencing along railway tracks is need of the hour.

Read more at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/67329900.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst



RE: Bigcats News - Sanju - 01-04-2019

Tiger and tigress found poisoned to death near Nagpur, rangers suspect 'revenge killing' by locals

Mirror Now Updated Jan 01, 2019 | 22:01 IST | Mirror Now Digital

Quote:The bodies of a tiger and a tigress were found in Maharashtra's Umred-Karhandla-Paoni Wildlife Sanctuary near Nagpur. Forest rangers suspect that locals might have poisoned the animals to death as 'revenge'.


Nagpur: As 2018 drew to a close, two tigers were reportedly poisoned in the Pauni range in the periphery of the Umred-Karhandla-Paoni Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra's Nagpur. Forest rangers suspect that the majestic cats may have been targeted with poisoned bait between Sunday and Monday since the half-eaten carcass of a wild pig was found near one of the tigers.

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Situated amidst dense forests spreading across 189.30 sqkm, the Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary houses about 15 tigers. Officials said that the carcass of T16, a dominant male tiger aged seven years was found in compartment no. 226, Chichgaon beat. Local tourists informed forest officials about the carcass on Sunday, he added. On Monday, rangers surveying compartment no. 226 found the carcass of seven-year-old tigress T4 less than a kilometre away from where they found T16.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Pench Tiger Reserve's Field Director Ravikiran Govekar said that the half-eaten carcass of a wild pig found near the tiger's body indicates that locals living near the sanctuary may have killed the big cats as revenge. "There are farmlands in close vicinity to the spot and revenge killing is not new here," he added.
The series of events increased the number of tiger-deaths in Maharashtra in 2018 to 21, equal to that of the previous year. Data released by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) revealed that 92 tigers died in India in 2018 with the maximum number of deaths being reported from Madhya Pradesh at 23 followed by Maharashtra at number two.

Must Read: Meghalaya man arrested for cooking and eating rhesus monkey, posting pictures of it on social media

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https://www.timesnownews.com/mirror-now/in-focus/article/maharashtra-nagpur-umred-karhandla-paoni-wildlife-sanctuary-tigers-poisoned-death-killed-locals-revenge-killing/340158


RE: Bigcats News - Jeffrey - 01-04-2019

A female tiger cub of resident Female T-15, age about 12 months,  was found dead today morning in compartment no. 509 Khursapar beat of Devlapar range,  Pench Tiger Reserve. During the routine patrolling, forest guard Ms Komal Davkare found a snapped hind leg of the cub near a stream with disturbed ground and blood stains. On further search, rest of the body parts were found within a distance of about 100 metres.  The Committee was constituted  as per the SOP of NTCA, with CCF and FD Pench Dr  Ravikiran Govekar,  CWLW repreaentative  Shri Aditya Joshi  of WCT,  Shri Anil Dashahre, Biologist from  NTCA , Regional office, Nagpur,  Veterinary officers Dr. B. M Kadu, Dr Chetan Patond, LDO Karwai  Dr. D M Wankhede and  LDO Veterinary Dispensary Kandri Dr. Vinod Samarth.  The local investigation of the site and the  postmortem was carried out as per the SOP and a spot memo was drawn. The death of the cub was due to the attack and killing by the other tiger in internecine fight with clear marks of canines on the neck region, probably by a dominant  male. The carcass was found to be dragged, split into 3 pieces and partially chewed/ eaten.  The samples were collected  for the  DNA studies.

The carcass was disposed of as per the SOP of NTCA in presence of the committee members and DD Pench, Amlendu Pathak and RFO Praveen Sathawane. 

Devlapar range has been known for high density of  tigers, probably because it's proximity with Pench MP, high flux, and local habitat interventions. As per the latest estimation,  there are 38 unique adult tigers in the Pench TR. Such deaths do take place in natural ecological set up,  either as a territorial fights or the infanticide.


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RE: Bigcats News - Sanju - 01-05-2019




RE: Bigcats News - Sanju - 01-05-2019


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Veterinarians work during an artificial insemination procedure on Ginni, an Asiatic lioness, at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic, Thursday.
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Prague zoo hopes rare Asiatic lion insemination sows seed for survival
AFP-JIJI Jan 4, 2019 

PRAGUE - After two suitors failed to get a rare Asiatic lioness pregnant, Prague zoo now hopes that artificial insemination will finally plant the seed for her species’ survival.
Ginni, our female Asiatic lion from Gujarat in India, underwent artificial insemination on Wednesday evening,” the zoo said in a statement on Thursday.

With some 600 Asiatic lions living in Gujarat and another 143 in European facilities, zoo director Miroslav Bobek said he held “great hope” in Prague’s Asiatic lions to preserve the dwindling species on a global scale.

The zoo has been attempting to breed its three Asiatic lions from India since they arrived in 2015, so far with no success.

Female Suchi proved to be sterile while Ginni repeatedly snubbed her nose at Jamvan, a male that zookeepers say was too passive.
Sohan, another male borrowed from a zoo in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, also failed to get Ginni pregnant but did manage to trigger ovulation.
In the end, zookeepers opted to use Jamvan’s sperm to inseminate Ginni during Wednesday’s procedure, which, if successful, should see cubs born in about four months.
The procedure was carried out by a team from the Berlin-based Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research and Prague zoo vets.
They pegged the probability of success at 60-70 percent.

Quote:Last autumn, authorities in Gujarat reported dozens of dead Asiatic lions, killed by the canine distemper virus and a parasitic infection caused by ticks.


https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/01/04/world/science-health-world/prague-zoo-hopes-rare-asiatic-lion-insemination-sows-seed-survival/#.XDB40yxS_IU
https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/agency-wire/309648-prague-zoo-hopes-rare-lion-insemination-sows-seed-for-survival


RE: Bigcats News - Jeffrey - 01-06-2019

Tigress found dead in compartment no. 633, Khatia beat of Kisli Range of Kanha Tiger Reserve today. There were injuries on body indicating territorial fight with another tiger. Canines and claws were intact. More than half of body was eaten by another tiger. Post mortem was performed and carcass of tigress was confined to flames later


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RE: Bigcats News - Sanju - 01-06-2019

@Jeffrey Cannibal tiger...


RE: Bigcats News - Rage2277 - 01-06-2019

wonder if that psycho sangam has anything to do with this


RE: Bigcats News - Sanju - 01-06-2019

(01-06-2019, 07:45 PM)Rage2277 Wrote: wonder if that psycho sangam has anything to do with this

Who is sangam? @Rage2277


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-06-2019

(01-06-2019, 07:47 PM)Sanju Wrote:
(01-06-2019, 07:45 PM)Rage2277 Wrote: wonder if that psycho sangam has anything to do with this

Who is sangam? @Rage2277

Sangam Male Tiger from Kanha, he killed and ate the Budbudi female who he had previously mated with a while back. 
Not sure I'm ready to place blame yet, Kanha is a big park with many Tigers but that'd be an interesting discovery if true, hopefully we get a little more info.


RE: Bigcats News - Sanju - 01-06-2019

(01-06-2019, 08:06 PM)Pckts Wrote: Sangam Male Tiger from Kanha, he killed and ate the Budbudi female who he had previously mated with a while back. 
Not sure I'm ready to place blame yet, Kanha is a big park with many Tigers but that'd be an interesting discovery if true, hopefully we get a little more info.

A Madhya Pradesh Tigress fought with another tigress to take over her territory with more resources, killed her and ate her. She orphaned her cubs, mated with the dominant male and had litter. Bad ass tigress and another peculiar female cannibal...

Sorry!!!!! the video was deleted... by Raheja Wildlife named youtube channel(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_uFwho5YpTNHTJTWIRhItA/featured).


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-08-2019

Wounded tiger 'finds humans to ask for help' after being injured

The 'alpha male predator' known as Tikhon appeared at a remote Russian border close to China and refused to leave despite warning shots being fired by guards

A wounded tiger has amazed wildlife experts by coming out of the wild to seek human help after he was wounded.

The tiger, known as Tikhon, suddenly appeared at a remote Russian border post on the frontier with China over the New Year period, and refused to leave.



Even when the border guards - part of the FSB security service, formerly called the KGB - fired warning gunshots, the cat stayed put.
The alpha male, believed to be aged 15 or older, is said to have defied his instincts to seek human help after being wounded.


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A wounded tiger has amazed wildlife experts by coming out of the wild to seek human help after he was wounded (Image: Land of Leopard/The Siberian Tim)

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The tiger sought human help when he was wounded (Image: TRNGO Center 'Tiger'/The Siberia)
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Tikhon is credited with playing a major role in halting the looming extinction of the Siberian big cat.
During the “active male’s” unusually long life, the highly endangered population of Amur - or Siberian - tigers rose from less than 350 to more than 550.

While waiting for help, the tiger fed himself by killing and eating two guard dogs belonging to the frontier guards.
Despite attempts to scare him away, Tikhon was still in the vicinity five days later.
Wildlife rangers were called in and noted the “atypical” behaviour by the Siberian tiger, a species endemic to the Far East of Russia that normally shuns human contact.


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He refused to leave even when guards fires warning shots at him (Image: Land of Leopard/The Siberian Tim)
“It arrived at the border post - in the Land of the Leopard National Park - on 29 December and showed no desire to leave,” reports The Siberian Times

Sergey Aramilev, director of the Amur Tiger Centre, praised the border guards for not shooting the animal.

The behaviour of the tiger showed that after a lifetime in the wild this was “an animal that came to them for help”, he said.
A video shows how rangers shot a sedative into the big cat.


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The director of the Amur Tiger Centre praised the border guards for not shooting the animal (Image: TRNGO Center 'Tiger'/The Siberia)
The beast was later transported to a big cat rehabilitation centre - but experts now think that after a lifetime on the prowl, the tiger knew his time was up.
“The captured tiger is at least 15 years old, and maybe even older,” said Aramilev.
“By tiger standards, he is a deep old man, especially in the wild.”



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The tiger was sedated and taken to the Amur Tiger Centre (Image: TRNGO Center 'Tiger'/The Siberia)
An assessment will be made of injuries or diseases.
He said: “Now we are waiting for the results of tests that will allow us to understand what to do next.
“But, apparently, the beast due to age will not be able to return to the wild.”


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RE: Bigcats News - Rage2277 - 01-08-2019

Tigress pregnant with Mahabir cubs
Mahabir may be dead, but it seems the legacy of the tiger from Madhya Pradesh is here to stay.

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Published: 08th January 2019 06:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th January 2019 06:31 AM  |  A+A-



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By Express News Service
ANGUL: Mahabir may be dead, but it seems the legacy of the tiger from Madhya Pradesh is here to stay.
A 10-year-old resident tigress in Satkosia Tiger Reserve has reportedly conceived after mating with Mahabir. Expecting birth of cubs, authorities of STR have taken precautionary measures in the core areas, where the tigress is reportedly staying, to prevent any untoward incident.
The authorities, however, denied the tigress giving birth in the forest as of now. “We have no information about the tigress delivering any cubs in the core areas. She might have mated with Mahabir. We have taken all precautions for the protection of the tigress,” said Field Director Sudarshan panda.Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Satkosia Rama Samy also said he had no knowledge of the tigress giving birth in the forest.
Mahabir was relocated from Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh to Odisha under India’s first ever inter-State tiger relocation in June last year. After its release into the wild, the tiger went deep into the forest and acclimatised well with his new territory. Since Mahabir was staying in the core areas, it is believed that he mated with the resident tigress and impregnated her, sources said.
Sources said the authorities have put in place tight protection measures and deployed adequate manpower in core areas to track the tigress.The pregnancy of the tigress has raised hopes for Satkosia which is facing a sharp decline in the big cat population. The region was home to 11 tigers in 2010. However, all but one have died under suspicious circumstances.



Mahabir, which was brought to revive the tiger population in the State, was found dead in November following a a maggot-infested wound on its neck. The NTCA opined that Mahabir carried the injury after being trapped in a snare set up for wild pigs in the area.
Satkosia DFO Samy, who is also the investigating officer in Mahabir’s death case, is yet to submit report to the Field Director .“It will take some more time to submit the investigating report to the authorities,” Samy said.



RE: Bigcats News - Rishi - 01-08-2019

(01-08-2019, 03:35 PM)Rage2277 Wrote: Tigress pregnant with Mahabir cubs
Mahabir may be dead, but it seems the legacy of the tiger from Madhya Pradesh is here to stay.

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Published: 08th January 2019 06:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th January 2019 06:31 AM  |  A+A-



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By Express News Service
ANGUL: Mahabir may be dead, but it seems the legacy of the tiger from Madhya Pradesh is here to stay.
A 10-year-old resident tigress in Satkosia Tiger Reserve has reportedly conceived after mating with Mahabir. Expecting birth of cubs, authorities of STR have taken precautionary measures in the core areas, where the tigress is reportedly staying, to prevent any untoward incident.
The authorities, however, denied the tigress giving birth in the forest as of now. “We have no information about the tigress delivering any cubs in the core areas. She might have mated with Mahabir. We have taken all precautions for the protection of the tigress,” said Field Director Sudarshan panda.Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Satkosia Rama Samy also said he had no knowledge of the tigress giving birth in the forest.
Mahabir was relocated from Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh to Odisha under India’s first ever inter-State tiger relocation in June last year. After its release into the wild, the tiger went deep into the forest and acclimatised well with his new territory. Since Mahabir was staying in the core areas, it is believed that he mated with the resident tigress and impregnated her, sources said.
Sources said the authorities have put in place tight protection measures and deployed adequate manpower in core areas to track the tigress.The pregnancy of the tigress has raised hopes for Satkosia which is facing a sharp decline in the big cat population. The region was home to 11 tigers in 2010. However, all but one have died under suspicious circumstances.



Mahabir, which was brought to revive the tiger population in the State, was found dead in November following a a maggot-infested wound on its neck. The NTCA opined that Mahabir carried the injury after being trapped in a snare set up for wild pigs in the area.
Satkosia DFO Samy, who is also the investigating officer in Mahabir’s death case, is yet to submit report to the Field Director .“It will take some more time to submit the investigating report to the authorities,” Samy said.
(01-08-2019, 01:50 PM)Sanju Wrote: For first time, Sikkim traps a royal Bengal tiger on camera

By Rajeev Ravidas in Gangtok| Published 8.01.19, 1:53 AM | Updated 8.01.19, 9:19 AM | a min read


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The picture of the royal Bengal tiger captured by a camera trap at the Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary. The big cat was caught near Goru Jurey at an altitude of 9,583ft. Source: Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary


The Sikkim forest department has for the first time captured on camera a royal Bengal tiger roaming the Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary in East district.

Quote:The big cat was caught on camera near Goru Jurey at an altitude of 9,583ft at 6:23pm and again at 7pm on December 6.

“The visual capture of the royal Bengal tiger roaming the forests of Sikkim calls for celebration. The presence of tigers in Sikkim forests is an indication of a healthy eco-system flourishing in our state,” said Dechen Lachungpa, the divisional forest officer of East wildlife division.

The forester said there had been oral narratives of tigers freely roaming the forests of Sikkim until the late 1980s, but the first ever picture of the animal could be the concrete base on which a detailed study on migration of tigers to the Himalayan state could be undertaken.
The tiger was captured on camera traps laid by the field forest officers of the North Pangolakha wildlife range in the East wildlife division.
Quote:“The foresters led by range officer Roshan Tamang spent days positioning camera traps at strategic locations inside the Pangolakha sanctuary and they deserve credit for the visual capture. The cameras were laid with funds provided by the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)-assisted Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project,” said Lachungpa.
Quoting from her conversation with a retired forest officer with vast knowledge of the Sikkim forests, the DFO said till the late Eighties, tigers were known to migrate to high-altitude forests in Sikkim from neighbouring Neora Valley National Park in Kalimpong district of Bengal.

Quote:“At that time, wildlife expert N.D Jayal had remarked that migration of tigers to forests at altitudes of 10,000ft was unusual and attributed it to the big cat developing a taste for yaks,” she said.

A tiger had been spotted on the fringes of the Neora Valley park in January 2017. A driver on his way from Pedong to Lava had spotted the tiger near the national park and photographed it. 

https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/north-east/for-first-time-sikkim-traps-a-royal-bengal-tiger-on-camera/cid/1681158

This is how a new year should start!!!

Sidenote:
In future all tigers to relocated should be from buffer/fringe areas, animals who know better. These tigresses have been surviving humans for a decade, what pampered MV2 & Sundari couldn't for even a few months!