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RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 08-26-2014

Captured tiger cub diesRadhakrishnanprint   ·   T  T     =1px ! importantinShare1  The tiger cub that created a flutter at Bhospara in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, near here, on August 19 has died. The female cub, aged less than a year, strayed into a goat shed in a settlement and killed a goat but could not find its way out. The incident triggered tension in the area, with residents gheraoing forest officials for their alleged failure to expedite a relocation proposal. Later, the cub was brought in a cage to the veterinary dispensary in Theppakadu and put on special diet. However, it died on Sunday afternoon.  Sad that the little cub did'nt make it.


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 08-26-2014

 Tiger Killed in Her hands, surprised many

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Brave women surprised total country with her acts. A women who belongs to Kotibodhna of Rudraprayaga district in Uttarakhand proven her bravery in fighting with Tiger to survive. The women who experienced many injuries during her fight never left her hope to live.

Kamaladevi aged 54 had created sensation by fighting with a Tiger. When Kamala is busy with agriculture work in their land, suddenly a tiger attacked Kamala who is alone. During that time she just had one small knife in her hand and other metal axe. She showed her braveness attacked on tiger to kill it though tiger making injuries on her face, Hands and legs . After some time the Tiger seriously injured and died in the hands of Kamaladevi.

After tiger died Kamala who walked into village with her serious injuries and blood stains surprised her villagers. Her relatives responded immediately and shifted her to nearest hospital. It’s been identified that over hundred plus stretches taken place during treatment. Kamladevi who is working alone while her son is working in Delhi. Doctors and local appreciated Kamaladevi as role model who can inspire other women by this act.


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 08-26-2014

 Santosh shared a status update to the group Sanctuary Asia.6 hrs ·Sharing here a status update from Wildways Abid, which looks very much to be the female tiger cub which got trapped in a goat pen in near Mudumalai recently, and later succumbed to internal bleeding. These pictures show a seemingly very different story to the one we had earlier of an apparently uninjured cub. Here it seems to be very hurt or in a state of shock. Can see the goat it apparently killed. Everything about this incident is shrouded in mystery. But the culprit undoubtedly seems to be humans again, one way or the other...
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RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 08-26-2014

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Foresters seize Tiger skin, two men arrestedHyderabad: A seven-year-old male tiger bearing the identity number M7 GBM and an 8 month old cub were poached around three months ago from the Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve. Their skin which was being stored at Dornala, under the Mirzapur forest division in Ongole district, was seized by forest officials on Saturday.The officials arrested one G. Vijay Kumar and his father G. Chitti Babu for storing the tiger skin. But investigations revealed that they did not poach the animal.
Nagarjunasagar Srisa-ilam Tiger Reserve field director Rahul Pandey explained, “Following a tip-off division forest officer N. Khadhar Valli and his team raided the house of G. Vijay Kumar in Dornala and seized the skin of a 7-year-old male tiger and an 8-month-old cub. When matched with the picture of the male tiger skin, the database identified it as M7 GBM (a unique code given to tigers). However, the forest department does not have a database for cubs.”“Going by the investigation report, the male tiger and the cub were poached three months ago. The arrested people have revealed the identity of the person who poached the animals. However, the two were just middlemen helping in storing the skin for sale. The cost of the skin would range between Rs. 3-4 lakh. The forest department and the local office is jointly trying to nab the poacher and identify the buyers,” added the officer.Officials said the poached tiger was earlier mapped by forest units at Pangidi, Abrajkunta. The forest department has created a database of the 41 tigers in the reserve through camera mapping. Every tiger’s strip differs from another like human fingerprint.As per the Wild Life Protection Act, poaching is non-bailable, and culprits will face seven years in prison. The Andhra Pradesh forest department, Wild Life Crime Control Bureau, and police are on high alert to check poaching.

RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 08-27-2014

(08-26-2014, 11:28 PM)'Pckts' Wrote:  Santosh shared a status update to the group Sanctuary Asia.6 hrs ·Sharing here a status update from Wildways Abid, which looks very much to be the female tiger cub which got trapped in a goat pen in near Mudumalai recently, and later succumbed to internal bleeding. These pictures show a seemingly very different story to the one we had earlier of an apparently uninjured cub. Here it seems to be very hurt or in a state of shock. Can see the goat it apparently killed. Everything about this incident is shrouded in mystery. But the culprit undoubtedly seems to be humans again, one way or the other...
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That poor cub was heavily beaten by villagers which caused its death.

Villagers thrash tiger cub

A one-year-old tiger, which got trapped in a goat house, was today thrashed by villagers of a hamlet coming under Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and is being treated by veterinarians.

Police said the tiger cub had strayed into a hamlet of Mountanchetti tribe, and entered the goat house and started attacking the goats, early today.

Hearing the bleats, the villagers rushed to the place and found the animal struck in the goat house, unable to come out.

They hit the cub with sticks and stones to save their goats, police said.Forest department officials rescued the cub and took it to the hospital at the 

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve camp, where it is being treated.When contacted, Vijayaraghavan, a forest veterinarian in the camp, confirmed the injuries on the tiger, but declined to elaborate.


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 08-27-2014

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27 Aug 2014. The Terrace Male is Dead.[i] [/i]The Desert Lion Project is sad to report that the “Terrace Male” (Xpl-68) was killed near Tomakas village sometime after midday on 24 Aug 2014. Xpl-68 was with the Okongwe lionesses when the incident occurred. Data from their satellite collars show that the Okongwe females immediately moved into the northern Okongwe Mountains – possibly due to the disturbance caused by the killing of Xpl-68. Furthermore, the satellite collar of Xpl-68 was removed and burnt. The charred remains of the satellite collar were located +-100 metres north of the carcass (photo: top right). It would appear that the people responsible for killing the “Terrace Male” wanted to hide the evidence. This is an unfortunate development because the incident could stimulate a public outcry that may question many fundamental aspects of the conservation, communal conservancy and tourism efforts in the Region.


Very sad and disgusting that this is still going on.

RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 08-28-2014

Leopard that was disturbing peace rescued after fall into well

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One Balakrishna Poojary and his family members of Irmadi had heard a huge sound on Aug 20 at 11 pm. Thinking that a tree must have fallen nearby, the family members did not bother to venture out of the house. However, when the members went to draw water from the well next morning, they saw the leopard trapped in the well.

After two hours of rescue operation by the Forest Department officials, the young feline was hauled out. The forest department officials rescued a leopard. The rescued leopard was later released into Kudremukh National Park.

Initially the officials had planned to allow the leopard to climb a ladder. The residents opposed it, a cage was brought from Aroor and was released into the well using a rope. After the leopard entered the cage, it was pulled out.An altercation that broke out between forest department officials and villagers on the techniques to be used for rescuing the leopard resulted in confusion for some time. 

The villagers said that leopard was spotted in the region for the last few days. In spite of bringing the issue to the notice of the officials, no measures were taken to catch the leopard. Wild animals menace is on the rise in recent years. Deers and bison have been engaged in damaging crops. The cows, and dogs go missing in the region. 

However, the officials cite the reason of lack of expert to tranquilize the leopard for catching it, said the villagers.“Schoolchildren are scared to go alone owing to the wild animals menace,” said the villagers.


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 08-28-2014

Lion found dead in Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary

A male lion said to be about three-year-old was found dead in Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary's north division on Wednesday morning.

Forest officials have not ruled out foul play in the matter. The lion was found dead near a bridge between Isapur and Kathrota villages in Kapuran forest beat.

"Sarpanch of Isapur informed us about the lion's death. Preliminary investigation suggests that it may have died somewhere else and was dumped here to destroy evidence. 

The lion may also have died due to infighting. We called in a forensic science laboratory team to ascertain the cause of the lion's death. We have sent its body to Sakkarbaug Zoo for postmortem," said range forest officer P T Kaneriya.Sources said that a part of the lion's body was in a decomposed condition. 

There were no pugmarks found at the spot. This has led forest officials to suspect that the animal may have died an unnatural death somewhere else and someone disposed off its body on the roadside out of fear."We have formed three teams to the death and they are searching for evidence around the villages to ascertain whether it died an unnatural death,'' said a senior forest official. 

Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary houses around 40 lions.According to the 2010 lion census, there are 411 lions in Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts of Saurashtra region. More than 250 lions have died, many of them unnaturally, in the last five years


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 08-28-2014

Lion cub rescued from Gir-Somnath village

About one-month-old lion cub was rescued from a farm well in a village in Gir-Somnath district on Saturday morning.

According to forest officials, a maldhari person spotted the lion cub in the farm in Dari village of Veraval taluka of Gir-Somnath district and he informed to local forest department officials.

Forest department officials rushed to the spot and rescued the lion cub. The cub was later sent to Sasan Animal Care Centre."It was uncovered abandoned farm well and lion cub may have fallen into it accidentally. 

Now, we are in search cub's mother in the area and will unite the cub with his mother" said an official.The incident of lions falling into farm well are coming into light regularly.

Forest officials said that there are many wells which are not covered with wall around it. These farm wells need to be covered so that wild animals do not fall into it.


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 08-28-2014

Russia may claim to want to save Tigers, but who is going to save their bears??

RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 08-29-2014

RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 08-30-2014

Ken-Betwa river link to hit Panna tiger reserve

The Rs 9,393-crore project will divert 6,000 hectares of the tiger reserve

A proposal for forest clearance to the Ken-Betwa river-interlinking project, which involves diverting 6,000 hectares of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, has been put up to the environment ministry's statutory appraisal panel.

About 80 per cent of forests required for the project fall in the tiger reserve on either side of the Ken. The Centre plans to work around this as the project is appraised for forest clearance.

The environment ministry had commissioned the Wildlife Institute of India, a government research body, to assess the impact. The institute's report, sources said, would suggest allowing part of the tiger reserve to be diverted. The government is likely to propose alternative additional land for the 54,266-hectare reserve, now home to 24 tigers that had become locally extinct in 2009.

The Rs 9,393-crore project involves 9,000 hectares, half of which is forest. If the project is cleared, 10 per cent of the tiger reserve will be taken away.The Ken-Betwa project involves transferring 591 million cubic metres of surplus water in the Ken basin through a 231.45-km canal to the Betwa river. Land needed for acquisition is an estimated 6,000 hectares and the cost of resettlement Rs 333 crore.

Around 1,600 households will be displaced. In its resettlement & rehabilitation plan, the government has claimed 779 households living within the tiger reserve would be rehabilitated under a voluntary relocation plan meant for villagers who choose to leave the reserve for conservation of tigers and get Rs 10 lakh as relief.

It is not for people displaced by infrastructure projects who are covered under a 2013 land acquisition law that requires consent of a majority of villagers and has a larger compensation package.The project will also need a clearance from the National Board for Wildlife. 

Recently, the government changed the composition of the board and cleared most of the 140 projects it reviewed. The project will also need to get consent from villagers with rights over forest lands under the Forest Rights Act."

The impact of the Ken-Betwa project on Panna, and tigers can only be disastrous. The Ken river is home to the critically endangered, and endemic, gharial. It is also one of the few perennial rivers of Madhya Pradesh," said Prerna Bindra, former standing committee member of the National Board for Wildlife.In 2011 Jairam Ramesh, the then environment minister, had termed the project a "disastrous" idea.

However, after the National Democratic Alliance came to power, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said the Centre would link the Ken and Betwa rivers on priority. The Union Cabinet approved the project in principle in July.


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 08-31-2014

From 50 in 2013, Tadoba-Andhari tigers up by 10

The long-term monitoring project on tigers, co-predators in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) and the adjoining landscape' being implemented by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, has pegged the estimate of tigers as 60 in TATR, an increase by 10 tigers, and 32 leopard individuals, showing a steep increase from 17 as compared to last year.

The abstracts of the report were discussed at a two-day internal research seminar by WII from August 18-20. The study is part of the six-year mega project (2013-2018) launched with funding from Maharashtra forest department and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)."I've not received the copy of the estimation from WII and hence it will not be proper to comment.

Last year, Tadoba core had 50 individual tigers and 22 in its buffer," said TATR field director GP Garad who could not attend the meet.The WII had estimated population of tigers, leopards and wild dogs present in TATR. This was the first attempt to study population dynamics of three predators in the park."

The number of tigers in Tadoba core has gone up from 50 in 2013 to 60 in 2014 with a standard error of 5.8 (upper and lower limit of five individuals).

For tigers it is based on 56 adult individuals identified from the photographs. We also identified 32 leopard individuals from the camera-traps, which showed a steep increase from 17 in 2013. 

We estimated 7 dhole packs in the tiger reserve with an average pack size of 6.2 with standard error of 1.4," said scientist Bilal Habib.APCCF VK Sinha, Garad, Parag Nigam and Gautam Talukdar were other principal investigators.The WII data is based on three sessions of camera-trapping (20 days each session) with an overall effort of 8,000 trap nights conducted in March-April. 

The researchers Nilanjan Chatterjee, Madhura Davate and AK Dashahare used capture recapture model to estimate the population of tiger and leopards in the reserve.

The WII used hierarchical classification to enumerate the number of dhole packs present in the area based on number of individuals captured in each or series of photographs captured in a short time interval.

The WII report says that large turnover rates in big cat population indicates its connectivity with other protected areas (PAs). "Long-term survival of this predator guild will depend on functional connectivity of TATR with adjoining PAs," said Habib.

As per the results of 2010 national tiger assessment, conducted nationally every four years, the NTCA & WII had put the figures in and around Tadoba landscape of 2,610 sq km at 69 tigers (between 66 and 74).However, the WII also studied Tadoba landscape. 

"We are still analysing figures and other factors in the buffer zone. A report in this regard will be submitted in next two months," said Habib."The number of tigers going up in Tadoba is a wake up call for territorial officials who will have to pull up their socks for better wildlife management to avoid Pombhurna-type episodes, where a tiger was shot dead for being a man-eater," said Bandu Dhotre, honorary wildlife warden of Chandrapur.

Last month, report presence of 31 tigers in wildlife sanctuaries and national parks under Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR) and 6 tigers Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR).


* WII says in the last two years several tigresses in the park had litter of four cubs.

* As per 2010 national tiger assessment of NTCA & WII, Tadoba and its landscape of 2,610 sq km had 69 tigers

* In 2012, Tadoba recorded 43, in 2013 had 50

* In 2014, number up to 60


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 09-01-2014

Tiger tracking system soon to be launched in 47 reserves: Govt

With poaching being the largest threat to tigers, a specialised tracking system will soon be launched in the country's 47 tiger reserves to curb wildlife crimes, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said today.

The Management Information System (MIS) based tiger tracking system will enable real-time exchange of information and data between officials of the tiger reserves in case there are incidents of seizures, poaching and other wildlife crimes.

Javadekar said the MIS-based tiger tracking system will soon be launched by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in collaboration with Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB)."

The MIS-based tracking would strengthen the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and help in controlling wildlife crimes in tiger reserves," he said while addressing the 10th meeting of the NTCA.Javadekar also said that his ministry has also introduced Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) for dealing with orphaned tiger cubs. 

The re-breeding of orphan tiger cubs and their successful reproduction in a new area has also been encouraging, he said during the meeting.NTCA officials said that the MIS system has been developed by WCCB and it gives a platform where all tiger reserves can come on the same wavelength through an online medium."

The access will be password protected. The strength of this is that if there is any seizure, poaching, any untoward thing happening in one reserve, the other reserve will be in a position to obtain the data relating to nature of the offence, offenders, what could be the possible escape for him and others," 

NTCA member secretary Rajesh Gopal said.He said that the system was only for the 47 tiger reserves and will be launched within a couple of weeks. The system will also help one particular reserve to keep itself alerted once any wildlife crime is reported in other reserve, Gopal said.

Appreciating the need of technology in the field of tiger conservation, the Minister said that the use of National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) "Alert System" would also be utilized in case of disasters pertaining to fire and floods.


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 09-05-2014

Tiger poacher Hanumant nabbed in Odisha

In yet another big catch, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Delhi, on Friday morning nabbed tiger poacher Hanumant from Odisha, wanted in tiger skin seizure case in Bhandara.

On Wednesday, the WCCB had arrested Shivram Bagdi, brother of notorious tiger skin trader Sarju Bagdi.Based on the inputs given by Bhandara officials investigating seizure of tiger skin on July 28 and subsequently five tiger nails, the WCCB regional office at Jabalpur informed the Delhi office and tracked the culprit.

Hanumant was nabbed by WCCB sleuths in Nabarangapur in Odisha at 8am. They called up wildlife and territorial officials in Gondia and Bhandara and asked them to take custody of Hanumant in 24 hours."We have sent a four-member team of senior officials to Odisha.

The accused will be brought on production warrant," confirmed Bhandara deputy conservator of forests (DyCF) Vinay Thakre.Hanumant is the actual person who is learnt to have poached the tiger and had brought the skin in Bhandara through local middlemen and poachers for selling it.

Hanumant's name figures in the statement of another accused Manoj Mahajan from Nagpur, who used to procure and finance tiger skins and body parts for sorcery.

Meanwhile, a team from Bhandara had also been to Khawasa to interrogate four accused from whom two tiger nails were seized recently. 

The officials say the seized nails may be of leopard, but only forensic test can reveal the facts. The samples have been sent to Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), a premier research organization at Hyderabad.