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RE: Bigcats News - faess - 11-25-2014

Assiniboine Park Zoo tiger dies after fight with other tiger

CTV Winnipeg
Published Thursday, September 25, 2014 1:05PM CST
Last Updated Friday, September 26, 2014 11:29AM CST
One of the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Amur tigers died after a fight with one of the other tigers Thursday morning.
The zoo said staff are “devastated” after the adult male tiger Baikal managed to get through an unlocked gate and into a transfer corridor connecting his enclosure to a new one containing two young males, Samkha and Vasili.
“This resulted in a confrontation between Baikal and Vasili, one of the young tigers, that ultimately resulted in Baikal’s death. This involved an internal gate between enclosures and at no time were Zoo visitors in any danger,” said the Assiniboine Park Zoo in a statement.
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Robert Burnett was visiting the zoo with his family. He said his son, shown in image above, watched Baikal, moments before the attack. Burnett said Baikal walked past and entered a gated walkway. They heard a commotion but did not see the actual fight. (Photo courtesy Robert Burnett)
Baikal tiger
The adult male tiger Baikal, shown here in this undated photo, died after a fight with another tiger at the Assiniboine Park Zoo on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.
“Baikal had lived at the Assiniboine Park Zoo for over five years and this is a heartbreaking loss for our staff and our visitors,” Dr. Brian Joseph, director of zoological operations for the zoo, said in a news release.
The zoo is reviewing the incident and say they will take steps to prevent incidents like this in the future.
Baikal was one of four Amur tigers at the zoo. The others are Kendra, an adult female, and Samkha and Vasili, two-year-old brothers which arrived from the Calgary Zoo in January.
Robert Burnett said his son was watching Baikal, moments before the attack. Burnett said they saw Baikal walk past and enter a gated walkway. Burnett said they later heard a commotion but did not see the actual attack


Read more: http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/assiniboine-park-zoo-tiger-dies-after-fight-with-other-tiger-1.2024522#ixzz3JvC0cGjJ

Is this the same  big Siberian tiger that is mentioned here all the time?


RE: Bigcats News - tigerluver - 11-25-2014

No, this was a different tiger. Big Baikal is still alive.


RE: Bigcats News - Roflcopters - 11-25-2014

Nagarhole becomes the first Tiger Reserve in India to be 100% covered by Camera trap, previously the number stood at 75%. 

http://www.siliconcitynews.com/?p=16497

Another source

http://internetsamachar.com/2014/11/21/css-corp-strengthens-its-commitment-to-tiger-conservation/

 

 


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 11-25-2014

Im going to post this info in the "hands on Thread"
if you don't mind copters.
TFS


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 11-26-2014

More than 10 tigers missing from Pilibhit Reserve

More than 10 tigers are missing from Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. According to the tiger census report, in of 2010 the reserve had more than 40 tigers. In 2012, the tiger count was down to 30 and in 2013, the number has fallen to 23. 

This rapid fall in the big cat numbers in a span of just three years has disturbed SP legislator from Barkhera assembly constituency of Pilibhit district Hemraj Verma. He has written to CM Akhilesh Yadav, expressing fear of largescale poaching and demanded a probe into why tiger numbers have fallen so drastically.

On this serious issue where the divisional forest officer of PTR outright declined to give any official version, a retired chief wildlife warden of Uttar Pradesh, who had also been posted at Pilibhit as DFO about 30 years back, has not ruled out the possibility of illegal hunting of tigers. 

Verma said in 2010, tiger counting had revealed the presence of more than 40 tigers and many cubs in the forest area of Pilibhit. This counting was based on pug marks and pictures captured by cameras installed by the WWF (India) and the forest department. The report of this counting had come out in 2011, the MLA has written. 

Tiger counting is usually held in two years but after the 2012 counting, another round of counting was done in 2013. According to its findings, only 23 big cats remain in the reserve. Incidentally, Pilibhit was declared a Tiger Reserve this year. The MLA pointed out that by now the cubs should have grown up and tiger numbers should have been higher.

In his letter, Verma citing WWF (India) and the forest department, said six tigers were killed as a result of infighting in Pilibhit forests from May 2012 and October 2014. The SP MLA told that the CM had assured him all possible help to tackle the matter. When contacted district forest officer DFO of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Kailash Prakash, he declined to speak.

The chief wildlife warden of Uttar Pradesh Roopak Day also refused to comment, saying he was yet to any report of tiger computation done in PTR in 2013. However, the project manager of WWF (India) Naresh Kumar Lodhi confirmed the presence of 23 tigers in PTR, including one tigress that had strayed from an adjoining jungle in November 2012 to make a in the tall grass stretching along Kailash river in Amaria block area of Pilibhit district.

On the decline in number of tigers, a retired chief wildlife warden and a former IFS officer Mohammad Ahsan, who had been posted in Pilibhit as DFO between February 1984 and February 1986, said that the poaching of tigers not be ruled out. K Ramesh, a tiger expert at Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India, said the fall in number of tigers could be a result of poaching and disturbance of the big cat's natural habitat, which are tall grasslands and swamps.

Secretary of Save Environment Society, Pilibhit T H Khan said while poaching could not be ruled out, the number of tigers as per 2010 report could have been inflated. Khan said that the forest area of Pilibhit is contiguous up to Nepal as well as Uttarakhand. Therefore, poachers can escape to safety either to Nepal or Uttarakhand. 

Moreover, the range officers deployed in forest belts of Pilibhit are aged and unfit to control crime in the jungle. A similar view was expressed by vice-president of the Wildlife Biodiversity Conservation Society Amitabh Agnihitri, who alleged that illegal felling is rampant as there are no checks in the forest. If they can get away, then why can't poachers, he asked.



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bareilly/10-tigers-missing-from-Pilibhit-Reserve/articleshow/45274567.cms


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 11-26-2014

Asiatic lion falls into well in Junagadh, rescued



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A male Asiatic lion reportedly fell into an open well in Amrapur village, some 85 kilometres west of Junagadh city, in Maliya Hatina taluka of the district early on Monday. However, the big cat was successfully rescued by forest department within hours and sent to animal care centre in Sasan Gir.

The incident came to light after residents of Amrapur informed forest officers that the lion, around seven to eight years in age, had fallen in the open well located on a farm of Badhabhai Rabari. Soon, a rescue team reached the spot and lowered a charpoy (bed) in the 60-feet deep well which was filled with water.

“After it jumped on the bed again, we tranquilised the lion and pulled it out of the well. It was in good health despite the fall. But we have sent it to animal care centre in Sasan-Gir as a precautionary measure. It will be kept under observation there for some time before we release it in the wild,” Ramesh Katara, deputy conservator of forest (social forestry) of Junagadh district told The Indian Express.

Katara further said that the lion had fallen in the well accidentally on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. “There was no parapet on the edges of the well and the lion fell into it in the dark of the night,” said the DCF.

Incidentally, forest department has helped farmers in the areas where lions roam, build protective parapets round their wells to help prevent deaths of lions. Asiatic Lion is a Schedule-I animal which enjoys highest protection under Indian wildlife laws. The DCF said that they had instructed Rabari to build such parapet after the incident.

The incident took place at Maliya Hatina taluka where 15 lions divided in three prides have settled permanently, forest officers said. The only wild population in the world of this endangered species is surviving in Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary spread across Junagadh, Gir Somnath and Amreli districts. A few prides have settled in protected and revenue areas of Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts also.

According to 2010 census, there were 411 lions living in these four districts in Saurashtra region of Gujarat state.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/asiatic-lion-falls-into-well-in-junagadh-rescued/


RE: Bigcats News - sanjay - 11-27-2014

This is distrubing, A sick lioness and a man is teasing and pulling her tail. From gujrat

I hate these people






RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 11-27-2014

Yes its very disturbing.
These kind of people should be punished by law.
TFS


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 11-28-2014

 Activists to protest in Delhi over delay in translocation of lions to MP


With Gujarat government yet to provide lions for translocation to Madhya Pradesh's Kuno Palpur for ensuring their 'long-term survival', wildlife lovers and activists from Madhya Pradesh will hold a dharna in New Delhi from November 27, when the winter session of the Parliament is underway.

The dharna will be held under the banner of Environmental Action Group Prayatna, led by wildlife activist Ajay Dubey. Prayatna secretary Dubey, while talking to HT, said they (activists and wildlife lovers) were left with no other option but to stage a dharna at Jantar Mantar.

The Environmental Action Group has already filed a contempt petition against ministry of environment and forests and Gujarat government for not complying Supreme Court order on translocation of lions. "Somehow, the MP government is afraid to push the matter. We have been left with no other option but to take our demand directly to New Delhi," he said.  

Dubey said that following the rejection of the curative petition filed by Gujarat government against translocation of lions, there was only one thing left — translocation of lions as soon as possible.

According to Dubey, he has also decided to write letters to all the members of Parliament from the state, including environment minister Prakash Javadekar.

Dubey said that in 1993, the Wildlife Institute of India had conducted a study to identify the best area for translocation of lions and they found Kuno-Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary in MP most suitable for the purpose.

"Wildlife lovers across the country want Modi to fast-track the translocation of lions as per the orders or the apex court. We are pushing for early shifting as scientifically October to February was the best time for translocation," said Sushil Levi, an activist, who will take part in the dharna.

In August this year, the Supreme Court had rejected a curative petition filed by Gujarat government against its order directing on translocation of lions to Kuno Palpur.

Earlier on April 15, 2013, the apex court in a judgment had directed that the lions be translocated to Kuno-Palpur from the Gir Sanctuary. The court had also formed a 12-member expert panel to decide on various aspects of the translocation.

More than 400 Asiatic lions exist in Gir Sanctuary. Experts express apprehensions that high rate of inbreeding could make them susceptible to epidemics.


http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/madhyapradesh/activists-to-protest-in-delhi-over-delay-in-translocation-of-lions-to-mp/article1-1284502.aspx 

 


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 11-28-2014

Nepal poachers on prowl, tiger numbers down

The latest survey of the country’s tiger population shows big cat numbers have declined in north India, primarily due to poaching from across the border in Nepal and shrinking tiger habitats. 

The survey, done every four years by the National Tiger Conservation Authority with Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India, shows tiger numbers in the Shivalik-Gangetic plains covering the three states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have come down to around 300 against about 320 four years ago.“We are still verifying the ground data… the figure is not final,” an official told.

Forest department officials in Uttarakhand, who arrested over half a dozen tiger poachers in the past three years, said they saw an increase in the number of poachers from Nepal. 

Wildlife traffickers cross over to Nepal through the porous 1,751 km-long border India shares with the neighbouring country.Officials said rising man-tiger conflict because of deteriorating habitat around the Corbett National Park was another area of concern.

“Habitat loss, leading to man-tiger conflict and increased pressure of poachers, have dented Corbett’s image,” a senior government official said, adding the national park may not see an increase in tiger numbers this time.

However, the most disturbing big cat story has emerged from Uttar Pradesh, where poor protection caused tiger numbers to fall, officials said. 
The number of tigers in the relatively new habitat in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve is said to have fallen to 23 in 2014 from 40 four years ago.Dudwa Tiger Reserve officials said the tiger population in their forest was “stable”, even though the actual number may be seven to 10 tigers less than last time.

Tito Joseph of the Wildlife Protection Society of India that monitors tiger deaths in the country said there are several poacher gangs with links to Nepal.“Najibabad in Uttar Pradesh, which is close to the Nepal border, has emerged as a major link to international wildlife traders,” he said.



http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/nepal-poachers-hit-tigers-in-north-india/article1-1290491.aspx


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 12-01-2014

Tiger killed in Pench national park of Madhya Pradesh



A day after forest officials arrested three people who allegedly chopped a claw of a leopard that got killed in an electric wire trap laid by poachers for tiger near Bandhavgarh National Park in Umaria district, a tiger was found dead in Pench national park of Seoni distirct.

The carcass was found near Seoni-Nagpur highway in the protected area. Officials said the tiger must have been killed four days ago. Cause of its death has not been ascertained yet. 

"We have sent a team for identification. Initially we don't suspect a poaching attempt,"Earlier a leopard was poached 20 km away from Bandhavgarh National Park on November 26. Three people identified as Purshottam Singh, Ram Singh and Jitendra Yadav, all residents of Nighari village were arrested on Saturday. 

Two others Anil Pratap Singh and Deepak Singh are on the run.Officials claim that the arrest was made with the help of sniffer dogs that led them to a dhaba. All three who have been arrested are employees of the dhaba, said sources. They however denied their role in poaching.

"The trap it seems, was laid for tiger but the leopard fell victim," said the officer.On May 26, 2014 poachers killed a tigress - fourth in the last two years - with an electric trap at the buffer zone of BNP. Carcass of adult tigress - BT2- was found near Khitoli range by the patrolling squad. 
Its GPS radio collar, nail and teeth were stolen. This tigress was electrocuted by trap laid through a 11 KV line by poachers.

State is witnessing a rising trend of big cats being poached by electrocution with five cats falling prey to it in 2012-13, an RTI query has found. " As many as 13 tigers lost lives in Madhya Pradesh till mid December 2012, including four due to electrocution," claims RTI activist Ajay Dubey.

According to documents sourced through RTI, from 1998 to 2005, four tigers were electrocuted by poachers, and during 2012-13 alone, five were killed similarly.



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/Tiger-killed-in-Pench-national-park-of-Madhya-Pradesh/articleshow/45327280.cms
 


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 12-01-2014

Sad to hear. The war on poachers is ever present, hopefully it begins to favor the FD soon.


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 12-02-2014

(12-01-2014, 01:04 AM)'Apollo' Wrote: Tiger killed in Pench national park of Madhya Pradesh



A day after forest officials arrested three people who allegedly chopped a claw of a leopard that got killed in an electric wire trap laid by poachers for tiger near Bandhavgarh National Park in Umaria district, a tiger was found dead in Pench national park of Seoni distirct.

The carcass was found near Seoni-Nagpur highway in the protected area. Officials said the tiger must have been killed four days ago. Cause of its death has not been ascertained yet. 

"We have sent a team for identification. Initially we don't suspect a poaching attempt,"Earlier a leopard was poached 20 km away from Bandhavgarh National Park on November 26. Three people identified as Purshottam Singh, Ram Singh and Jitendra Yadav, all residents of Nighari village were arrested on Saturday. 

Two others Anil Pratap Singh and Deepak Singh are on the run.Officials claim that the arrest was made with the help of sniffer dogs that led them to a dhaba. All three who have been arrested are employees of the dhaba, said sources. They however denied their role in poaching.

"The trap it seems, was laid for tiger but the leopard fell victim," said the officer.On May 26, 2014 poachers killed a tigress - fourth in the last two years - with an electric trap at the buffer zone of BNP. Carcass of adult tigress - BT2- was found near Khitoli range by the patrolling squad. 
Its GPS radio collar, nail and teeth were stolen. This tigress was electrocuted by trap laid through a 11 KV line by poachers.

State is witnessing a rising trend of big cats being poached by electrocution with five cats falling prey to it in 2012-13, an RTI query has found. " As many as 13 tigers lost lives in Madhya Pradesh till mid December 2012, including four due to electrocution," claims RTI activist Ajay Dubey.

According to documents sourced through RTI, from 1998 to 2005, four tigers were electrocuted by poachers, and during 2012-13 alone, five were killed similarly.



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/Tiger-killed-in-Pench-national-park-of-Madhya-Pradesh/articleshow/45327280.cms
 



 



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RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 12-02-2014

What a shame, she looks like a big girl, Very robust animal. Which probably indicates that she was in her prime.


RE: Bigcats News - sanjay - 12-02-2014

Very disturbing