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RE: Bigcats News - strana - 12-16-2019

(12-12-2019, 02:05 PM)peter Wrote:
(12-12-2019, 01:01 PM)Rishi Wrote:
(12-12-2019, 12:27 PM)peter Wrote: RISHI

Interesting information. In southeast Asia (Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam), however, tigers are completely gone. The forests are still there, but they're empty. And they're loaded with snares. Steel snares. Millions of them.

Malaysia and Thailand still have tigers, but the total number most probably is below 400. The reports about Burma (Myanmar) also are alarming. There could be some tigers left in remote regions, but chances are they won't last long.

If I was involved in tiger protection in India, Nepal and Bhutan, I would be very wary.

Forests with steel-snares can be easily clensed with metal detectors. It's time - consuming, meticulous work but not overly complicated... The landmines or unexploded ordnance littered over Vietnam, parts of Cambodia & Laos however pose another level of challenge.

Situation in Myanmar too might be less dire than previously thought (#79), Thailand too is facing the odds well.
Indonesia & Malaysia are lagging behind, nor are they doing much about the increasingly alarmed situation.

I recently posted about the number of snares in Southeast Asia in the tiger-extinction thread. Experts think there are many millions in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia combined. Most of them will never be found.

According to those who know, tigers are gone in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. In Malaysia the situation is so alarming, that some are considering a very different policy regarding poachers:

https://www.asiaone.com/malaysia/save-malayan-tiger-poachers-could-be-shot-sight

I do not doubt the intentions and efforts of those involved in conservation, but it's a fact the commitment at the level of politics often is lacking. The only exceptions are Russia, India, Nepal, Thailand and Malaysia. In Russia, India and Nepal, the number of tigers is slowly increasing. In Thailand, however, tigers are struggling. In Malaysia and, in particular, Sumatra, they seem to be on their way out.

The fact is that the future of tigers is linked to Russia, India, Nepal and Bhutan. In all other countries the question is when, not if they will be eliminated. But it is good to know that these 4 countries look like to be doing a good work, specially for small and not rich Nepal and Bhutan, this is a very challenging task. Congratulations to them !! It is interesting that many countries which have already destroyed theirs flora and fauna ( like the europeans, for example ) love to criticize other countries in questions related to environment.


RE: Bigcats News - Spalea - 12-20-2019

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RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 12-23-2019

Samir Ingale



"“Can you guess what was sighted in Kanha zone today?

In what has come to light, one of the senior members of this group , Mr. Chandrabhal Singh, was waiting in route no. 9 in the heart of core zone of Kanha.
At around 9 AM he heard hustle from the bushes. Taking it to be mahouts , they remained quiet till it got clear.
Not being aware of the presence of tourist vehicle , some guys emerged on the safari track. They got startled to see the vehicle. There were 7 of them, armed with sharp weapons , each carrying a bag. As Mr Chandrabhal shouted “ pakdo “ (catch them ) , they started running , vanishing into the woods.
It’s obvious that these guys wouldn’t enter the heart of the park for deer and boar which can be found easily in the territorial forest. What were they in for, is anybody’s guess.
The questions that this incident gives rise to, are :

- How did the poachers reach the core of the forest without being noticed
- Mr Chandrabhal has not seen a single patroling vehicle or squad in last 12 days , is it just coincidence ?
- The spot was just 3 KMs from range office .
- Is Chhota Munna victim of the poaching gang?

Mr Chandrabhal immediately reported the matter to the authorities, we would love to see some action happening else within no time “the best managed park” tag will be lost forever"


This is bad news if true


RE: Bigcats News - Lycaon - 12-24-2019

They need to clamp down on this fast and efficiently before it gets worse.


RE: Bigcats News - Rage2277 - 12-24-2019

got a bad feeling about this and chota munna hasn't been seen for a while now


RE: Bigcats News - Rishi - 12-24-2019

(12-23-2019, 11:12 PM)Pckts Wrote: Samir Ingale



"“Can you guess what was sighted in Kanha zone today?

In what has come to light, one of the senior members of this group , Mr. Chandrabhal Singh, was waiting in route no. 9 in the heart of core zone of Kanha.
At around 9 AM he heard hustle from the bushes. Taking it to be mahouts , they remained quiet till it got clear.
Not being aware of the presence of tourist vehicle , some guys emerged on the safari track. They got startled to see the vehicle. There were 7 of them, armed with sharp weapons , each carrying a bag. As Mr Chandrabhal shouted “ pakdo “ (catch them ) , they started running , vanishing into the woods.
It’s obvious that these guys wouldn’t enter the heart of the park for deer and boar which can be found easily in the territorial forest. What were they in for, is anybody’s guess.
The questions that this incident gives rise to, are :

- How did the poachers reach the core of the forest without being noticed
- Mr Chandrabhal has not seen a single patroling vehicle or squad in last 12 days , is it just coincidence ?
- The spot was just 3 KMs from range office .
- Is Chhota Munna victim of the poaching gang?

Mr Chandrabhal immediately reported the matter to the authorities, we would love to see some action happening else within no time “the best managed park” tag will be lost forever"


This is bad news if true

There are sniffer-dogs operating in Kanha now, once detected they should be tracked & apprehended soon enough.


RE: Bigcats News - Lycaon - 01-03-2020

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RE: Bigcats News - Sully - 01-03-2020

@Lycaon Wow! That is a massive male. Is there any more information on him at all? I appreciate it's hard to get a scope of animals from images alone but the proportions lead me to believe this must be one of the biggest cats in the world.


RE: Bigcats News - Sully - 01-03-2020







RE: Bigcats News - Sully - 01-03-2020

Leopard, tiger deaths among highest in India

94 leopards were found dead in Maharashtra this year.



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While Maharashtra recorded the highest number of leopard deaths at 94, it recorded the second-highest number of tiger deaths at 22.
Mumbai: The state of big cats in Maharashtra is worrisome, with the number of leopard and tiger deaths being among the highest in the country, according to Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) data. While Maharashtra recorded the highest number of leopard deaths at 94, it recorded the second-highest number of tiger deaths at 22.

Around 493 leopard deaths were recorded in India between January and December this year, which is only seven less than the number of deaths recorded in 2018. Maharashtra recorded the highest number of leopard deaths followed by Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh. The data also revealed that the highest number of deaths across India, i.e. 128, were due to poaching and seizure, apart from 160 cases where leopards were found dead mostly due to illness and natural or undetermined causes.

The leopard deaths in Maharashtra were mainly attributed to poaching and illegal trade (27), followed by road and train accidents (22).

“The state needs to have stricter enforcement to curb poaching, which is resulting in the deaths of leopards and tigers. Also, there need to be mitigation measures implemented as per the guidelines of the government to curb road kills and ensure that infrastructural development does not hamper the wildlife corridors,” said Tito Joseph of WPSI.
While 110 tiger deaths were recorded in India in 2019, Maharashtra stood second after Madhya Pradesh (29) and was followed by Karnataka and Uttarakhand, with each recording 12 such deaths.


RE: Bigcats News - Lycaon - 01-03-2020

@Sully 

No additional info on this male sadly.


RE: Bigcats News - Ashutosh - 01-03-2020

@Sully, the tigers of high himalayas are a sort of a bengal-siberian hybrid because of convergent evolution. This tiger is definitely carrying a good insulation of fat because of the temperatures he lives in. Plus, they seem a little on the shorter side because of the altitude. Still, I would agree this is a large male just like the one camera trapped in Uttarakhand a couple of years ago. 

Also, great find @Lycaon. You should put this in the “tigers of high himalayas” thread.


RE: Bigcats News - Sully - 01-03-2020

@Ashutosh would it be considered convergent evolution? I thought that was to do with unrelated lineages developing the same characteristics. Didn't think different tiger subspecies would qualify, especially given how relatively minute the adaption is.


RE: Bigcats News - Ashutosh - 01-10-2020

Some terrible news from little state of Goa. A tigress and her 3 cubs were poisoned in the little known Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary located in the Western Ghats as retaliation for preying on cattle of 2 farmers.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/4th-tiger-found-dead-in-4-days-in-sattari-forest/articleshow/73163428.cms

In response the govt has said that they will relocate everyone living in the sanctuary. Just the callousness of it all is infuriating. Those farmers could have been compensated for their loss and this whole tragedy could be avoided. Total ineptitude, really.


RE: Bigcats News - Lycaon - 01-18-2020

Tiger Footage Spurs Hope for Thai Big Cat Population

BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — A male tiger noses the bloodied carcass of its latest kill in a Thai national park, extraordinary footage conservationists are hailing as a rare spot of good news for the endangered big cats.

The species has teetered on the brink of extinction across the Mekong region due to deforestation and demand for its striking pelts and body parts in traditional medicine.

But a pocket of forest split between Thailand and Myanmar — known as the Dawna Tenasserim — has become a holdout for the big cat.

Sightings of wild tigers are rare, but Thailand remains “one of the last strongholds” for them in Southeast Asia, WWF said Monday.

Camera traps placed in Thailand’s Mae Wong National Park in western Kamphaeng Phet province captured in late December a tiger circling a dead wild gaur, known to be the world’s largest bovine. 

“Even for tigers, killing a gaur is not an easy task,” WWF-Thailand’s Rungnapa Phoonjampa said, explaining the existence of large forest prey is a good sign for the health and survival of the area’s tigers.

WWF has been tracking the tiger — named “MKM8” — since 2014.

Over the course of two weeks, the tiger returned to the gaur to feed.

The national park is a part of Thailand’s tiger recovery plan, which includes trying to increase the population of large prey like gaur and sambar.

The park sits within the 18 million-hectare Dawna Tenasserim, which WWF says houses about eight different cat species that range from vulnerable to critically endangered.

Other rare species recorded there include the Asiatic golden cat and the leopard cat.

WWF estimates about 180-220 tigers survive in Dawna Tenasserim, considered a sizable population with less than 4,000 remaining in the wild globally.
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Link: https://www.courthousenews.com/tiger-footage-spurs-hope-for-thai-big-cat-population/