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RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-05-2016

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1160103/jsp/northeast/story_61822.jsp#.VorK-VJuPeH

Tigress on the prowl poisoned in Udalguri


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Kokrajhar, Jan. 2: A Royal Bengal tigress which had sparked panic in Udalguri district in lower Assam for the past few weeks was found poisoned on the bank of the Dhansiri this morning. The carcass has been sent for post-mortem.
Sources in the forest department said preliminary investigation had confirmed that it was poisoned. They said it must have consumed a poisoned carcass.
The tigress had sneaked out of Orang National Park with its two three-month old cubs a few weeks ago, spreading panic in the villages of Borobazar, nearly 12km from the sanctuary and under Mazbat forest range. Since then, the tigress killed four cows, five goats and five pigs.
Unable to find its way back to the national park because of the thick human habitation, the tigress was taking shelter in groves near villages in the Borobazar area. For the last two days, it was taking shelter near Dhopguri Anidol village. Its carcass was found near this village.
Officials of the forest department are now trying to rescue the cubs.
M.K. Sarma, the divisional forest officer of Dhansiri forest division under Udalguri, said regular patrolling had been undertaken over the past month for the safety of the villagers and the tigress. "It's unfortunate that the tigress died," he added.
The villagers said they had informed the forest officials about the tigress but little was done to trap it or drive it back into the forest. "It was only two days ago that the DFO, who recently took charge, visited the area," one of them said.
They also said they had informed officials of Orang National Park but they refused to take action, saying the area did not fall under them.
Wildlife lovers and environmentalists said the death of the tigress could have been avoided if the forest department had taken action timely.
Echoing them, Dipen Boro, vice-president of the All Bodo Students' Union state committee, said the tigress and her cubs could have been driven back to Orang had the forest department officials launched rescue operations on time.
"The animal died because of negligence by officials of the forest department and Orang National Park," a local youth said.
During the 2013 census, Orang (79.28 square km) had recorded the highest population of Royal Bengal tigers (24) and an exceptionally high density of the big cats (25.23 tigers per 100 square km), excluding cubs.


RE: Bigcats News - sanjay - 01-05-2016

Rare black panther was found dead at khatangpani range, Doomdoma Division.There was no injure mark on the body, which means it may be a case of meat poisoning. The body was sent to veterinary hospital, Tinsukia for post mortem. The magnificent creature died because of the increasing Human-Wildlife conflict. The concern department should give attention towards the awareness among the people of the forest villages.

Black Panther found dead
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RE: Bigcats News - Shardul - 01-05-2016

(12-29-2015, 10:07 PM)GuateGojira Wrote: That what I have said here many times, Nepal and Russia seems to have a real commitment with they tigers and we can see that they numbers are growing. Also, they have the most reliable figures and although they are still low, it seems that by 2016, there are c.200 tigers in Nepal and 540 in Russia, which are good numbers overall.

India, my beloved country, is sadly suffering with a lack of political commitment, and that is a huge problem. They preach they love for tigers but constantly we see politicians creating laws that allow the destruction of large areas of habitat. For China, I have serious doubts with them as they still sponsor tiger "farms" under the excuse that they are breeding tigers to reintroduce them.

I think is important to highlight that the wild tigers that live in China at this day, are all Amur tigers. I don't think that any Bengal or Indochina tiger still live in they southern boundaries, although I would be very happy of been wrong.

It is sad that there are less than 110 tigers in the Sundarbans (probably the same number in the Indian side), a place that was popularly know as a stronghold for tigers, but at the end, there is no such thing right now. However, in the future, they could recover if a proper management is made.

Bhutan is the surprise of the day, with a population of 103 tigers, it is a new hope for tiger conservation and those animals look very large!

Check this other article, with data on the tiger populations:
          http://tigerday.panda.org/

These maps are important:

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What do you think? Sad
In the 70s, people used to say tigers were going to be extinct soon in India. Then Project Tiger was launched and tigers made a comeback. When I was growing up as a kid in the 90s they started saying tigers would be extinct in India by the 2000s. Here we are in 2015, and tiger numbers are decent. Not great, but decent and certainly more than any other country. Somehow, India continues to have more than 60% of the world's tigers, more than 10 times the number than some "more committed" nations, despite no political commitment and a massive population.

Let Russia and Nepal have more than 2200 tigers first, then we can talk about their commitment. Also, why exactly are their figures more reliable?


RE: Bigcats News - Shardul - 01-05-2016

(01-05-2016, 01:12 AM)Pckts Wrote: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1160103/jsp/northeast/story_61822.jsp#.VorK-VJuPeH

Tigress on the prowl poisoned in Udalguri


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Kokrajhar, Jan. 2: A Royal Bengal tigress which had sparked panic in Udalguri district in lower Assam for the past few weeks was found poisoned on the bank of the Dhansiri this morning. The carcass has been sent for post-mortem.
Sources in the forest department said preliminary investigation had confirmed that it was poisoned. They said it must have consumed a poisoned carcass.
The tigress had sneaked out of Orang National Park with its two three-month old cubs a few weeks ago, spreading panic in the villages of Borobazar, nearly 12km from the sanctuary and under Mazbat forest range. Since then, the tigress killed four cows, five goats and five pigs.
Unable to find its way back to the national park because of the thick human habitation, the tigress was taking shelter in groves near villages in the Borobazar area. For the last two days, it was taking shelter near Dhopguri Anidol village. Its carcass was found near this village.
Officials of the forest department are now trying to rescue the cubs.
M.K. Sarma, the divisional forest officer of Dhansiri forest division under Udalguri, said regular patrolling had been undertaken over the past month for the safety of the villagers and the tigress. "It's unfortunate that the tigress died," he added.
The villagers said they had informed the forest officials about the tigress but little was done to trap it or drive it back into the forest. "It was only two days ago that the DFO, who recently took charge, visited the area," one of them said.
They also said they had informed officials of Orang National Park but they refused to take action, saying the area did not fall under them.
Wildlife lovers and environmentalists said the death of the tigress could have been avoided if the forest department had taken action timely.
Echoing them, Dipen Boro, vice-president of the All Bodo Students' Union state committee, said the tigress and her cubs could have been driven back to Orang had the forest department officials launched rescue operations on time.
"The animal died because of negligence by officials of the forest department and Orang National Park," a local youth said.
During the 2013 census, Orang (79.28 square km) had recorded the highest population of Royal Bengal tigers (24) and an exceptionally high density of the big cats (25.23 tigers per 100 square km), excluding cubs.

This is a cultural problem in India. People have no sense of personal responsibility and blame the government for everything. Here, the forest dept is being blamed for the tigresses' death, but not the actual people who poisoned it.


RE: Bigcats News - Polar - 01-05-2016

(01-05-2016, 04:51 PM)sanjay Wrote: Rare black panther was found dead at khatangpani range, Doomdoma Division.There was no injure mark on the body, which means it may be a case of meat poisoning. The body was sent to veterinary hospital, Tinsukia for post mortem. The magnificent creature died because of the increasing Human-Wildlife conflict. The concern department should give attention towards the awareness among the people of the forest villages.


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What about that bear in Kashmir in previous posts? I think that was either a case of poisoning or poaching instead of a tiger attack (didn't see any wounds indicating so.)


RE: Bigcats News - LionKiss - 01-05-2016

so sad to see all those beautiful cats dying by humans,

there is a case of a rescue operation of an injured Lion in Kruger going on read here



https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1043635269059827&set=a.105680546188642.12394.100002400914732&type=3&theater


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-05-2016

Horrible, I'm soo sick of these animals paying the ultimate price because of our stupidity and cruelty. Hopefully the young male makes it out ok.


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-07-2016

3rd Tiger found dead (please see previous posts regarding the other 2 deaths)
The carcass of a tiger cub was recovered this morning from Kishanpur Sanctuary of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR).
While confirming the recovery, Deputy Director of DTR P P Singh told PTI, "the age of the cub is estimated to be about one year."
"The hind portion of the cub was found bitten while several other injury marks were detected on the hind body parts," he said, adding the cub seems to have been killed by another adult tiger in its attempt to dominate over the female tiger.
"The carcass would be sent to Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly to ascertain the exact cause of death," he added.


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RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-07-2016

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/New-evidence-of-wild-Siberian-tigers-found-in-China/articleshow/50470805.cms
EIJING: Footprints and dead prey from wild Siberian tigers were found at a tree farm in China's Jilin province, suggesting the expansion of the tiger's population and range of activities in China, authorities said on Tuesday.

According to officials with the Baishishan Forestry Bureau, which administers the farm, it was the first time traces of wild Siberian tigers were found within its administration, Xinhua reported.

A ranger patrolling the farm on December 11 found several footprints and traces of a big animal lying in the snow.

The forestry bureau launched a thorough search with more than 1,000 people from December 14 to 19 and found the remains of two wild boars.

The larger boar was missing its internal organs, while the smaller boar, lying more than 10 metres away, was half-eaten.

Wu Zhigang, a research fellow with the Jilin provincial institute of forestry sciences, noted that the population of wild Siberian tigers is on the rise and their range of activities is expanding. The latest survey found 27 Siberian tigers in Jilin.

There is an ecological corridor from theChina-Russia border to the Huangnihe nature reserve near the area administered by the Baishishan Forestry Bureau en route to the Tianqiaoling area, he said.

Infrared cameras showed footprints and pictures of the tigers in the Tianqiaoling area last December, where the tigers became extinct in the mid-1980s.

Siberian tigers are among the world's most endangered species. They mostly live in northeast China and eastern Russia.

Jilin has banned commercial logging in key state-owned tree farms on April 1 last year, which has improved the living environment for the Siberian tigers.


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-07-2016

A great encyclopedia on the Tiger
http://eol.org/pages/328674/details

The Lion
http://eol.org/pages/328672/details

The Jaguar
http://eol.org/pages/328606/details


RE: Bigcats News - Polar - 01-08-2016

(01-07-2016, 10:58 PM)Pckts Wrote: A great encyclopedia on the Tiger
http://eol.org/pages/328674/details

The Lion
http://eol.org/pages/328672/details

The Jaguar
http://eol.org/pages/328606/details

I don't quite think that the information displayed on the first encyclopedia is correct enough. For one, the first article claims that tigers are 11' long and up to 670 pounds (definitely an over-exaggeration.) The average tiger (if Bengal and all regions where P.t.tigris reside) is 9'6" long and 460 pounds according to some of the data back in CarnivoraForums and my assertion of the data. One of the sources on the bottom of the article is questionable; that of Sunquist. He isn't so reliable in the topics of big cat behaviors and weights. Otherwise, the info displayed relating to predation, habitat, and subspecies are quite correct. Looking into the last two articles next.


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-08-2016

Remember the claim of 11' was over the curves not between the pegs, which is correct and they have been weighed at that weight. Whether one chooses to accept it or not is reasonable since they haven't been that large in recent times. But still madla bottomed a scale at 272kg so he could be a 600+lber who is verified and from recent times.
Sunquist is certainly reliable and probably one of the foremost experts in his field.


RE: Bigcats News - tigerluver - 01-08-2016

@Pckts, Madle bottomed 250 kg, and Sauraha and one other male whose ID I forget bottomed 270 kg.


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-08-2016

I thought madla bottomed the 272kg scale but I'll have to check when I have more time to research.

Edit: @tigerluver you're correct, my mistake. Madla bottomed out the 250kg scale.
Male 126 is the other male you're thinking of I believe.


RE: Bigcats News - sanjay - 01-08-2016

A tiger killed domestic cow in Madhya Pradesh's Shajapur district

The MP forest department on Wednesday said that the animal that killed a cow near Bangli village in Shajapur district on Monday is a tiger. Images of the tiger eating its kill have been captured in the camera set up by the forest department on Tuesday night near the kill.

The village is situated around 40 km away from Shajapur town.

This is for the first time that a tiger has been found in this area. Sometime back two cows had been killed in the same area and it is now being assumed that it was the same tiger which had killed these cows.

CCF Ujjain, PC Dubey said that it is usually the practice of any wild animal, specially tigers to return to their kill to eat the remaining portion. “The forest department had set up five cameras at a strategic location near the kill and also along its possible route on Tuesday and we can clearly see that it is a tiger that came back to eat its kill.”

Earlier, the forest department officials had said that looking at some of the pug marks that had been found, the animal on the prowl was a leopard. But now after it has been confirmed that it is a tiger, special arrangements are being made to capture the animal that has strayed so close to human habitation.

Bangli village is around 1 km away from the jungle and the forest department officials have told the villagers to be on the alert. Incharge DFO Rakesh Lahari said that they have told the villagers not to go outside their house to their fields after dusk and even in daytime they should go out in a group to work in the fields. He said the villages have also been advised to light fires outside their houses at night.

Dubey said that looking at the photographs it appears that it is the same male tiger that was seen earlier in Dewas jungles. “The tiger, which is a fully grown male around 8 to 10 year old crossed the Kalisindh river and came to Bangli village to make the kill. The jungles of Dewas are adjacent to the jungles near Bangli,” he said.

Tiger killed domestic cow in MP India
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