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RE: Bigcats News - Richardrli - 04-25-2014

Peter and Guate, the posts #52 and #53 are the same, could you guys please delete one? This will make the thread neater, thanks. 

RE: Bigcats News - sanjay - 04-25-2014

(04-25-2014, 12:28 PM)'Richardrli' Wrote: Peter and Guate, the posts #52 and #53 are the same, could you guys please delete one? This will make the thread neater, thanks. 


Post is deleted. Thanks for informing Richard.


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-25-2014

Good job Forest department

Leopard was successful rescued this morning by the Karnataka forest department. A huge male leopard strayed into the village and killed 3 cattle creating a panic in the near by village of Bandipur.[/font]

Fd rescued the cat safely without any injuries and will later release in the Bandipur forest.

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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-26-2014

NTCA Proposal for Linking State's 2 Tiger Reserves

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The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has proposed that jurisdiction of the Similipal landscape should be expanded to include parts of Keonjhar so as to improve the wildlife corridor connecting State’s two tiger reserves - Similipal and Satkosia.

To enhance the tiger population and their genetic health, this corridor needs to be clearly established and protected, the national body of tiger conservation has suggested.

Since the two tiger reserves are part of the Central India tiger landscape, the NTCA has strongly advocated that the State Government should expand the jurisdiction of Similipal landscape and bring Anandpur Wildlife Division under it. Currently, it is under the ambit of Regional Chief Conservator of Forests (RCCF), Rourkela whereas RCCF, Baripada has jurisdictional control over Mayurbhanj and Balasore.

Sources in the Wildlife Wing said a proposal to this effect is already with the State Government and the tiger body wanted this to be expedited so that a corridor management can be developed.

In fact, a joint NTCA-WTI study in 2010 had outlined existence of the corridor connecting the two important tiger habitats of the State and a macro plan for the corridor was prepared by Similipal Tiger Reserve authorities too.

The fresh suggestions came from Chairman of NTCA Rajesh Gopal and Inspector General HS Negi who were here on a two-day visit to review Tiger Conservation Plans (TCPs) of the two notified habitats. The two returned to Delhi on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the NTCA asked the Satkosia Tiger Reserve management to prepare the micro plan for corridor development and management at its end. The Satkosia plan will have to comprise corridor in Angul and Dhenkanal and contiguous parts of Jajpur district.

Similarly, the Similipal plan will consist of Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Anandpur apart from Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

This will facilitate conduct of wildlife sign survey and movement tracking to establish the corridor and subsequently, conserve the same. However, it would require a nod from the Forest and Environment Department. Beyond Anandpur, the tracts would remain under control of Rourkela.

The NTCA also reviewed the core area management of Satkosia which experiences human interference because of fishing and tourism.

Though the core must remain an inviolate space, the gorge of Satkosia TR witnesses regular fishing - through traditional methods - which has also led to a fast dwindling of the gharial population in Mahanadi river system. The Satkosia management has also been asked to streamline tourism within its core zone to reduce human presence.




RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-26-2014

 Cubs' spotting ups optimism about Dudhwa tiger numbers

In a discovery that ushers in new hope for Dudhwa tigers, At least a dozen new tiger cubs, about two years old, have been spotted in the core area of Dudhwa tiger reserve.

The cubs have been spotted by camera traps placed in Kishenpur and Bilrayen and Sonaripur ranges of Dudhwa. Unlike earlier censuses, a separate record of cubs is being maintained this time. A clearer picture on the number of tigers and their cubs in the core area will however emerge next week after the camera trapping exercise at Dudhwa ends.

The exercise in Kishenpur is over and officials expect that tiger count at Kishenpur might be up from the 2011 tiger census. In 2011, 18 tigers were recorded in Kishenpur. This time, the count might go up to 25 tigers including adults and sub-adults (more than 2.5 years old).

At present, about 104 pairs of cameras are rolling at Bilrayen and south Sonaripur ranges of Dudhwa. After April 19, cameras will be installed at 106 more points inside the reserve.

The number of tigers is expected to go up after the entire Dudhwa gets covered. The final figures of the tiger census would be released by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in July 2014.Meanwhile, camera feed downloaded so far is being studied by experts from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF-India).

The camera feed is downloaded every week by the forest staff. The tigers will be distinguished based on their stripe patterns.Tiger census 2011 had shown 118 tigers in Dudhwa tiger reserve which includes Dudhwa national park, Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary, Kishenpur, Pilibhit, north and south Kheri.



RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-26-2014

Ballarpur leopard released

The intruder leopard that was captured in daredevil rescue operation from Ballarpur city on Monday was released back into the wild during the wee hours of Thursday. A microchip has been embedded inside the skin of the leopard to help its identification in future. The three and half year old male leopard had injured three persons during its intrusion in thickly populated locality of Ballarpur. The beast was shifted to Rambugh forest nursery in Chandrapur after it was captured. Veterinary doctors carried out its physical examination and discovered no injuries on its body.



RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-27-2014


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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-27-2014

Bizarre death of Leopard, Cow and Mongoose in Rajasthan

In kumbhalgard area, a cow, then a leopard (4 years) and and finally a mongoose died due to electric current 2 days back. The current leaked into the support wire due fault in DP.

DFO, Kapil Chandrawat believes that these got killed in the above sequence. Leopard went there to eat the cow thinking its still alive. Mongoose, which could eat dead animals, it also got trapped. All 3 were charred badly. The lineman who went there to repair the fault found this bizarre scene. leopard was later cremated by FD.

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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-27-2014

(04-18-2014, 11:52 AM)'Apollo' Wrote: Tigers slaughtered for entertainment

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Beijing - More than 10 tigers have been killed as "visual feasts" to entertain officials and rich businessmen in a Chinese city, state media reported.

Police in Zhanjiang in the southern province of Guangdong seized a freshly slaughtered tiger and multiple tiger products in a raid this month, said the Nanfang Daily.

Local officials and successful business people gathered to watch the tigers being killed as "eye-openers" to show off their social stature, it said.

Video footage of a killing two years ago showed a tiger, kept in an iron cage, having an electrified iron mass prodded into its mouth with a wooden stick and passing out after being electrocuted for more than 10 seconds, the paper said.

An experienced cattle or pig slaughterer is normally hired to butcher the carcass, it said, adding that tiger bones sold for an average of $2 300 a kilogramme while the meat fetched $160 a kilogramme.

Police said a butcher, who jumped to his death while trying to escape arrest in a raid had killed more than 10 animals, the report on Wednesday added.

"The tigers were probably anaesthetised for transport. But buyers would check them to make sure that they were alive before the killing", it quoted an unnamed source as saying.

Most buyers of the meat and bones were business owners who would then give them to officials as gifts, the paper said.

Tiger bones have long been an ingredient of traditional Chinese medicine, supposedly for a capacity to strengthen the human body, and while they have been removed from its official ingredient list the belief persists among some.

Decades of trafficking and habitat destruction have slashed the roaming big cat's numbers from 100 000 a century ago to approximately 3 000, according to the international union for the conservation of nature's red list of threatened species, where it is classed as endangered.





This video is very heart breaking

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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-27-2014

Asiatic lion trapped in cage kept for leopard

A male Asiatic lion got trapped in a cage which was kept to capture a leopard in adjoining Gir Somnath district. 

The incident took place in near Virodar village under Sutrapada taluka this morning. 

The lion will be released in the Gir forest, the last abode of this endangered species, said Aradhana Sahu, Deputy Conservator Forest at Junagadh. 

She said this was a rare incident of a lion getting trapped in a cage. 

The cage was intended to capture a leopard who was spotted roaming near the village and had killed cattle.



RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-27-2014

Finally, missing lion cubs rescued in Amreli

Forest department teams in Amreli have heaved a sigh of relief after they finally succeeded in capturing the two cubs of a lioness, which had killed a farm labourer near Rajula town on March 31.

The lioness of captured on April 6 but there was no sight of the cubs, raising heckles of the forest officials. However, a team of trackers and rescue workers, spotted the cubs near Dhareshwar village near Rajula and found the cubs. In a rare instance, the captured lioness had to be re-released into the forest so that she could find her cubs. The lioness and both cubs were caged and taken to Sasan animal care centre.

The search and rescue operation concluded at around 3am on Thursday.

The lioness, which was reportedly harassed by villagers, had killed labourer Deepak Babariya and injured another in Agariya village near Rajula on March 31.

"It was a major rescue operation operation as we had to cage the lioness and the cubs in a revenue area (out of forest land). It required a lot of patience. But we finally succeeded," said a senior forest official.

"It was a difficult task to cage lion cubs in absence of their mother and we were worried about their survival as they can't prey by themselves," said an official.

Sandeep Kumar, deputy conservator of forests, Gir National Park and Sanctuary (Sasan), said the lioness is around 6 to 9 years old and both cubs are about five months old. "They have been brought to animal care centre in Sasan and would be kept under observation,'' said Kumar, who was present during the entire operation.

As per rules, any lion or lioness which kills humans is caged and sent permanently in captivity.

"We will observe the behavior of the lioness and her two cubs for some days. The forest department will take a call if the two lion cubs can be released into the wild or not,'' said a forest official.

There, over 60 lions in Rajula-Jafarabad coastal belt in Amreli and settled into revenue area outside the forest land.



RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-28-2014

Man-made conflict: Gir loses six lions in four months

Govt records show only 10 unnatural deaths were recorded in last three years

Asiatic Lions are the pride of Gujarat and the state has been trying its best to prevent their translocation to Madhya Pradesh, citing safety reasons. But, of late, the safety of lions seems to be a matter of utmost concern in this state too.

For the record, Gujarat has lost as many as six lions since the beginning of 2014. And, conservationists say this is a worrying trend because the deaths were the result of man-animal conflict even if all the six deaths were unintentional.

Incidentally, the state government, in a reply to the assembly in 2013, said 92 Asiatic lions had died, including 83 natural deaths, in the past two years (2011, 2012) in the Saurashtra region. This meant the number of unnatural deaths during those two years was nine.

In 2014, the government, replying to a question in the assembly, said the deaths were 83 for 2013 and 2012 and only one death was unnatural — after a lion fell into a well. Now, going by these reports, 2014 seems to be a deadly year for the big cats following six deaths in the first four months of the year.

Dinesh Goswami of Prakruti Nature Club said it was imperative to create awareness and sensitivity about lions. "Rajula, Liliya and Jafrabad alone are home to around 100 to 150 lions. It is obvious that they will cross the roads and railway tracks and you cannot stop them. So, the next best thing is to create awareness among people, including drivers who cross the area. We can create road signs saying, 'Lion territory, go slow' or something of that sort," he said.

Goswami stated that another reason was that as more and more lions are spotted outside the sanctuary, people come to see the animals out of curiosity. "Many of these people are outsiders who do not go to Gir but prefer coming here. Lions are animals that usually don't attack humans but if harassed turn violent leading to further man-animal conflict," he pointed out.

An official of the forest department said it was indeed a worrying trend and the department was working on medium and long-term solutions. "After three lions were killed on the track, we took up the matter with the railway department. The forest department even imparted training to 82 drivers to sensitise them about lions, why the cats need to be protected and what can the drivers do to ensure the safety of the animals if found on the tracks," he said, adding that signs would also be put up on the roads.

Goswami further stated that staff crunch in the forest department only added to the woes. "There is a shortage of staff and vehicles in the forest department. How can the officials keep track of lions while working under such constraints? It is time the forest department identifies areas that have a large lion population outside the Gir sanctuary and have a team dedicated for them. For, if such accidents continue, we will end up ruining our own record in lion conservation," he said.

Chief wildlife warden CN Pandey was not available for comment.

Jan 22, 2014: Two lionesses — one of them pregnant — were killed after being hit by a train on its way to Pipavav Port. The animals were hit while trying to cross a track between Dehra and Pasada villages in Rajula taluka of Amreli district

Feb 24, 2014: A two-and-a-half year old male lion was killed by a moving train in Amreli district. The lion was injured but died during treatment

April 1, 2014: Two cubs were run over by a truck in Hemal village of Jafrabad taluka of Amreli district

April 2: A cub drowned falling into a well in Amreli district


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-29-2014

Camera trap survey back in sanctuaries

A year after their pilot camera trap survey shot the big cat in the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary, a team from the Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore, led by their trustee-founder Ullas Karanth, will string up this 'refined protocol' once again this May, for another spot of tracking the tiger.

Principal chief conservator of forests Richard D'Souza told TOI, "Karanth's team will be conducting camera traps this May in the sanctuaries and park of Goa to track the movement of the tiger."

The team, during its February-June 2013 survey, had listed 45 spots in Goa's sanctuaries to lay camera traps and line transects. The state's protected areas of Cotigao, Neturlim, Molem national park, Bondla and Mhadei form a contiguous corridor with tiger areas in Karnataka. CWS's extensive study that started last year will conclude in 2017.

"The camera trap method helps in monitoring tiger populations and in finding out how many tigers there are, how their numbers are changing, how many survive from year to year, and how many new tigers are entering the population. This method is important to know whether efforts to save them are succeeding or failing," said forest officials.

DNF Carvalho, conservator of forests, wildlife division, said, "During our recently-conducted wildlife census (of the state forest department), the presence of tigers was proven through scat and pugmarks. In Collem, a leopard with two cubs was sighted along with other carnivores and herbivores. After compiling all our findings, a report will be sent to Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun."

CWS's preliminary surveys last year showed immense potential of Goa's forests to maintain a healthy population of large felids (cats) in the region, besides supporting other large fauna.

In April 2013, tiger's presence was established in Mhadei wildlife sanctuary with photo captures and other indirect evidences such as scat, tracks, and scrape marks, first by Goa forest department followed by CWS. Further, direct sighting as well as photographs were obtained for leopards, bears, wild dogs, gaurs, sambar, chital, wild boar and muntjac (barking deer) at all the sanctuaries.

From April 21 to 26, this year, the forest department conducted a wild animal census to assess the existence of tigers in Goa's wildlife sanctuaries.

The census has assessed wild animals and their habitats as well as studied whether there is proper fodder available for herbivorous animals. WII, Dehradun, has already trained forest officials on the methodology to be adopted for carrying out the census.




RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-29-2014

China Approves Jail Time for Rare Animal Eaters

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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 04-29-2014

How India's coastal waters are fast becoming a base for easy poaching as illegal trading in marine species grows

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