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RE: Bigcats News - Polar - 08-13-2016

2016 is a weird year... way too many tigers died this year, for both "unknown" reasons and rival male competition.

RE: Bigcats News - shaileshsharadnaik - 08-14-2016

(08-13-2016, 02:35 PM)sanjay Wrote: One more tiger found dead in Chandrapur, Maharashtra India.
He is a male tiger from Bramhapuri and collard. According to forest department and a local newspaper, it died while fighting with another male.

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does it  say this was collared? generally tigers in this non protected forest aren't collared. Bramhapuri is near umred. Jai had travelled towards bramhapuri as per news some time back. :-(

RE: Bigcats News - Roflcopters - 08-14-2016

It was a young 3 year old male that couldnt survive the competition from what WII said and Jai is still untraceable.

RE: Bigcats News - sanjay - 08-15-2016

(08-14-2016, 06:37 PM)shaileshsharadnaik Wrote: does it  say this was collared? generally tigers in this non protected forest aren't collared. Bramhapuri is near umred. Jai had travelled towards bramhapuri as per news some time back. :-(
Yes it was collared as reported in Claws FB group. 
Some members also suspecting that this may be result of fight with Jai

RE: Bigcats News - Roflcopters - 08-15-2016

from times of India.

Problem of plenty hits Tadoba tiger conservation work

Chandrapur: High density and skewed male-female ratio is taking a toll on tigers in Brahmapuri forest division. Death of a collared sub-adult tiger in a territorial fight in South Brahmapuri range on Wednesday has rung warning bells among forest officers involved in their conservation. While the proposed tiger translocation projects remain in limbo, officers fear more such deaths due to the overcrowding in the area.

The number of tigers has spiked in the Tadoba landscape in recent years. While Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) itself is the abode of at least 88 tigers, the territorial forest outside TATR too supports a large population of 58 tigers. Brahmapuri forest division in Chandrapur circle has proved to be the best breeding ground for tigers. Forest in Brahmapuri alone have around 32 adult tigers. Apart from this, there is a bunch of sub-adult tigers, which have just separated or are poised to separate from their mother.

There has been a considerable rise in the population of big cats in Brahmapuri forest division. Newly separated tigers face threats from adult tigers already occupying the territory. This results in sub-adult tigers getting killed or being severely injured in territorial fights with bigger adults.

The death of the sub-adult collared tiger in South Brahmapuri range too was the result of similar territorial conflict, said CCF, Chandrapur, Sanjay Thakre. He explained that lack of space forced the young tiger to confront the larger male, and he lost the fight for survival.

The population of tigers had grown in Brahmapuri forest division thanks to good conservation measures. However, this spike has also disturbed the male-female ratio in the division. Ideal male-female ratio for tigers is 1:3, however, in Brahmapuri, the number of male and female tigers is almost equal. Out of 32 tigers in Brahmapuri, 14 are males as against 16 females, while the gender of two is not known. The high density of tigers has also increased pressure on the habitat. This was the reason Chandrapur forest circle sent a proposal seeking translocation of half a dozen sub-adult tigers to tiger reserves and sanctuaries where the numbers are low.

CCF Thakre claimed that the tiger killed in South Brahmapuri was part of those selected to be translocated under the proposed project. However, the translocation proposal is still under consideration of higher ups since last few months.

RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 08-16-2016

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Carcasses of two tigers were found in MP’s Kanha Tiger Reserve on Monday, taking the total tiger death toll in the state to 14 this year.
Field director of Kanha Tiger Reserve, JS Chauhan said that a 14-year-old male tiger died of old age and starvation in the Supkhar range of the reserve, while an eight-year-old tigress died while defending its two cubs from another male tiger in Mukki range of the Reserve.
Chauhan said the carcass of the tigress was found on Monday morning, while the tiger was found two days ago.
Chauhan said both the deaths were natural. “Tigress’ defend its cubs from male tigers, who tend to kill them in order to make the tigress ready for mating. This tigress fought with a male tiger, got injured and succumbed to its wounds,” he said.
He said the male tiger was old and was unable to hunt. “When tigers grow old, they become weak and are unable to hunt and generally die due to starvation”, he said.
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Two Tiger Deaths have been reported from Corbett Tiger Reserve.
1) Cause of death - Snake Bite
2) Cause of Death -Territorial Fight
1) The carcass of a male tiger was found in Dhela range of Corbett National Park yesterday. According to its post-mortem report, the tiger aged 10-12 years died of a snakebite. Saket Badola, deputy director of the National Park, said, . We have cremated the body as per the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation.
2) A young male tiger was found dead on the Kosi river bed in Ramnagar forest division of Kumaon on last Wednesday morning.
The tiger got badly mauled in a territorial fight with another tiger and later succumbed to its injuries.
“Our staff had spotted a limping tiger wandering near the Kosi river bed and before efforts could be made to tranquilise and shift it to Nainital Zoo for treatment, the tiger succumbed to the grievous injuries suffered during the territorial fight a few days ago,” said an official.
He said that after the routine post-mortem examination, the viscera has been sent to Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly for further examination.

In a fight between two tigers in Sariska Tiger Reserve, a male tiger (ST-6) has suffered injuries.
According to sources, two tigers (ST-4 & ST-6) frequently clash with each other. Most of the times, ST-6 dominates ST-4.
However, in the latest fight, ST-4 had an upper hand and ST-6 had suffered injuries during the duel.
To monitor the injured tiger, forest department has deployed additional officials. Arvind Mathur, a doctor from Jaipur Zoo, has reached Sariska to take care of the injured tiger.
The monitoring team had spotted ST-6 at Pandupole area of the reserve on Friday evening. They found that the tiger was limping. They noticed injury marks on his leg. The team informed the officials about the injury.
The forest department has deployed three forest officers to monitor the health of the tiger. Sariska tiger project field director R S Shekhawat said Dr Mathur had been called from Jaipur.

MADIKERI : An eight-year-old male tiger was found dead at a coffee estate in Nittur near Gonikoppa about 90 km from here on Wednesday.
Mystery shrouds the death of the male tiger as it had no wounds on its body. According to wildlife experts, the tiger did not die due to starvation.
Deputy Conservator of Forests, Virajpet, Shankar said, “The tiger was found dead at a coffee estate far away from the Nagarhole National Park. We do not have any conclusive evidence to state that the tiger died an unnatural death because of the absence of any kind of wounds on its body. We don’t know whether the animal had any internal injury. This will be known only after we receive the autopsy report.”
Wildlife wing veterinarian Dr Umashankar conducted the autopsy, and the laboratory test reports are yet to reach the Forest Department.
Meanwhile, local villagers around Gonikoppa had reported the sighting of a tiger and mysterious disappearance of cattle to officials earlier. This has led to several theories explaining the death of the tiger. One of them is that the starved tiger could have entered the fringe areas of the National Park and attacked cattle. This incident could have enraged villagers, who might have poisoned the tiger.
Another theory suggests that due to the destruction of grasslands, herbivorour animals must have migrated from the forest to the villages and the tiger must have just followed them.
Yet another theory says the tiger could have died in a fight with another male over domination in a particular part of the forest. The forest officials who examined the carcass said they cannot rule out such an angle. They have however, ruled out any poaching attempt as there was no bullet wound on the body. This is the first time that a tiger has been found dead in the area.
Tiger expert Praveen Bhargava said, “I do not know what happened in this case but death due to poisoning of animals is a prevalent practice in the country.”
“Usually when a tiger makes a kill, be it domesticated or wildlife, it eats half and leaves the carcass. It returns after a day or two for the carcass and eats the rest of it. This is when the poisoning takes place, a simple pesticide could have killed the tiger,” he said.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority has laid down elaborate guidelines in respect of practices to be followed in event of the death of a tiger.
“As the postmortem will be conducted on Thursday, we hope the forest department carries out the measures stated in the protocol,” Bhargava said.

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11-year-old male tiger shot dead in Bandipur. Hope the hunters are caught and hanged to death soon Ramanath Rai.

TigerTime - Save the Tiger

NEWS: The carcass of a male tiger has been found in Kaziranga National Park - officials say it had succumbed to injuries caused by buffalo. The park is currently struggling under the annual flood waters with a total of 298 animals, including hog deer, wild boars and 17 rhinos having died in the waters that have submerged 90 per cent of the World Heritage site. As the animals move out of protected areas to higher ground they are also targetted by poachers. Volunteers are supporting the efforts to keep the animals safe in this difficult period.

See what we do in Kaziranga at: http://tigertime.info/what-we-do/india

Mancherial (Adilabad) Forest Department has seized the skin of a male Tiger while it was being smuggled in from Maharashtra. The Forest Department laid a trap and arrested some people who were trying to sell the skin. Mancherial Divisional Forest Officer B. Prabhakar said that the persons involved in illegal sale of tiger skin have been identified and a case under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 has been registered against them. The accused are Ragam Rajesh, Gade Srinivas, Dobbala Sampat, G. Poshaiah, Tunga Ramesh and Dasari Sham from Maharashtra.

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A beat guard and Reserve worker of Kanha Tiger Reserve discovered the dead male tiger during the course of their routine patrol. Assistant Director, Wildlife doctor and the Range Officer then rushed to Supkhar. They carried out an intensive investigation and scrutiny of the area and found blood spots of the deceased feline, signs of scratching and digging, evidence of a territorial fight between tow tigers.
20 meters away from where the carcass of the tiger was first spotted, its rear end that was half consumed by the victorious tiger was also revealed giving strength to the fact that the tiger lost its life at the hands of another more powerful tiger. Preliminary investigations revealed the identity of the dead feline as the male tiger aged approximately 3 years of the Bundela Behra area that recently separated from its mother as the casualty of the fight. The post mortem of the dead feline was conducted by the wildlife veterinarian in the presence of the Area Director, Deputy Director, Core, NTCA representative Indrabhan Singh and member representative of the WWF. Thereafter the viscera and remains of the deceased tiger were preserved for forensic testing.
The rest of the badly mauled and mutilated body was consigned to the flames in presence of the Area employees and officials. Apart from that the Dog Squad from Jabalpur was summoned for an in-depth combing of the site of the incident.

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A large male tiger aged around 10 years was found dead in the Hediyala range of Bandipur National Park on Monday.
The authorities have ruled out foul play and attribute the death to territorial fight between two males. The death is suspected to have taken place around two days ago, according to Naveen Kumar, honorary wildlife warden.
The tiger’s carcass was found close to the Beladakuppe temple in the core area of the national park and the animal had deep gnash and bite marks on its neck besides the mouth while its tongue was dismembered.
Veterinarian V. Nagaraj, who conducted the post mortem, said though the tiger was massive in size the incisors and two canines had worn out due to old age and hence it was no match for the new dominant and younger male, which has established its suzerainty in the territory.
The claws and the skin were intact though decomposition had set in and there were sufficient evidence at the spot of a territorial fight with blood spattered in the vicinity. Tigers have a life span of around 12 years in the wild.
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Jagatram, ACF Poovaiah, wildlife warden Naveen Kumar and others visited the spot. The carcass of the tiger was burnt and disposed off as per National Tiger Conservation Authority norms after conducting the post-mortem.

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RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 08-18-2016

Machli is very Unwell

Even as several wildlife lovers not only in India but also across the world are praying for a miracle, forest officials from Rajasthan's Ranthambore Tiger Reserve believe that the end of India's most photographed and loved tigress- Machli could be near.
"T-16 who is also known as Machli is unwell and appears to be extremely dull, it was two days back that she was found on the fringe of the park close to a dense forested patch near a luxury resort. As soon as we got to know her condition the entire patch was taken over by the forest staff and cordoned and our staff and even Vets have been monitoring her condition," informed YK Sahu, Field Director of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
Sahu stated that she is 19 years old, which is like being 110 year old human. "She has been moving very little, which is unusual for a tiger that is known to move a lot and also she has not even been eating. Since she is a wild tigresses there cannot be a lot of intervention, still we are doing all that can be done," he said adding that things do not look very positive given her condition.
Machli who barely needs any introduction is known to be the oldest living tigress in wild and her fame has been such that she has been drawing tourists from all over the globe. Infact as per wildlife photographer Aditya Singh she was named Machli by Colin Patrick Stafford-Johnson, cinematographer who went on to do five documentaries on her after he spotted what looked like an 'angel fish' on her cheek.
"Her most famous and remembered wildlife encounter is the one where she not only fought but also killed a 14 foot long crocodile, she is a legend and will remain undisputed queen of Ranthambore even if she is gone. Inspite of being in her prime even in this season she was most sought after as a lot of tourists feel that unless they have seen Machli their journey to Ranthambore remains incomplete," said a park guide adding that almost half of the tigers from Ranthambore belong to her lineage.
In fact her fame is such that she has a postage stamp, several short films-documentaries on her name and even has several Facebook pages dedicated to her.
Machli has lost all her canines during her fight with crocodile and as per sources she was given baits to ensure she does not die due to hunger and she even had a dedicated team that used to keep a track of her movement. "She was a big crowd puller and hence even the Rajasthan government used to keep a tab on her well being as she was India's celebrity tiger. Infact it was in early 2014 she was thought to be dead spreading a panic as she was not spotted for close to 26 days but soon she emerged," said a forest official adding that however this time seeing her condition it was difficult to believe that she will yet again cheat death.

RE: Bigcats News - sanjay - 08-20-2016

Machli Is no more...

Machli has died on 19-Aug-2016. She was the most iconic and famous tigress from Ranthambore national park, India.

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Read full story http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/machli-tigress-dies-ranthambore-park-tiger-dies-2984111/

RE: Bigcats News - Richardrli - 08-20-2016

May she rest in peace and her descendents shine forever.

RE: Bigcats News - Ngala - 08-20-2016

It's very nice the respect and the honours that is brought to this tiger. It should be so for all big cats, for all animals, famous or not.

RE: Bigcats News - genao87 - 08-20-2016

Damn no!   I remember her killing the Alligators and losing a tooth....she eventually lost her teeth but manage to still kill and survive for all this time.

RE: Bigcats News - chaos - 08-20-2016

Long live the Queen! Always sad to lose another icon.

RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 08-23-2016

New tiger tiny-cubs at Ranthambhore

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Ranthambhore | Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Ranthambhore| Two new-born tiger cubs have been sighted in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, situated in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan.
The lucky visitor who were in zone no.5, spotted two-tiny cubs on Wednesday, 15/06/2016, during the morning safari.
That’s great news was confirmed by senior nature guides, Vipul Jain and Raj kumar Gujar. Nature guide, Vipul Jain said that new born cubs should be around 3 months old. He saw one cub while another cub was spotted by the guest, Abhinav Mudgal when it was running into the bushes at Dhakada in zone no. 5. At that moment, mother was not visible there. Hopefully, she was taking rest near about that place. Yesterday evening, nature guide, Vipul saw T-73 at sambhar deer kill near about the same area. She is the dominant tigress of this territory. Due her territory, it is supposed that it might be a first litter of T-73. She is about 4 year’s old tigress. Yesterday evening, nature guide, Vipul saw T-73 at sambhar deer kill near about the same area.
She was born in 2012. Her mother, T-17 (Sundari) had given her first litter of two males and one female father by tiger, T-25, Dollar.

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, which at present is home to around 60 tigers, was declared as Sawai Madhopur Wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and in 1973 it gained the protection of `Project Tiger`. It got the status of National Parkin 1980.


RE: Bigcats News - Tshokwane - 08-25-2016

Save the Tiger:
The brutal killing of an adult male tiger on August 12 in Bandipur Tiger Reserve points to a clear cut case of poaching, say wildlife conservationists from this area.

They say that the continuing delay in investigations and tardy progress, in fact, raises many questions as lax and ineffective patrolling measures which led to the tiger’s killing, demonstrates total inaction on the part of the Forest Department.

Post mortem was conducted on the adult male tiger which was found dead in Bandipur last week.

A conservationist associated with a wildlife group in this area said, “They are sitting on the case, absolutely indecisive and clueless. By this time, they should have formed teams and nabbed the suspects. Inaction even after 10 days and inexplicable silence on the part of the District Conservator does not inspire any confidence about the future protection of our national animal.”
This is the first time that a big cat has been killed in this manner despite a special tiger protection force (STPF) in place.

Representatives of some NGOs connected with wildlife conservation said, “Looking at the field evidence, it looks like a planned event and there is no doubt of their intention to kill the tiger. The STPF is based just four kilometres away in Maddur while an anti-poaching camp (APC) is nearby the killing spot. Usually the APC personnel are either drunk or sleeping. They neither keep a vigil nor follow leads left by offenders and because of this, we have lost one more tiger.”

Supporting the contention that the tiger’s death was caused by poachers, Naveen Kumar, the honorary wildlife warden of Chamrajnagar district, who reached the spot on August 14 and was involved in collection of field evidence on that day said, “It is a case of poaching. But irrespective of whether their target was a herbivore or otherwise is no consequence because the tiger has been clearly shot dead. Therefore, now they should be deemed as tiger poachers.”
Bandipur Tiger Reserve Director T Heeralal told said, “We are awaiting the report.”

Lax security measures

The 874-square-kilometre reserve has over 115 tigers and it has several anti-poaching camps as well as the 115-strong STPF. It is reported that the STPF had detected a case of Sambhar poaching just a few days before the tiger killing incident, a wildlife activist said. “The STPF would have a fair idea of the probable offenders in the nearby villages. Such suspects should have been arrested immediately and be subjected to vigorous inquiry about the possible involvement of locals. In fact, there is 100 per cent information coming out from nearby villages of poaching of sambar, deer and other herbivores. How does it stop them from progressing to big cats with support and links to gangs from north India?” he said. To this Naveen Kumar adds, “With an anti-poaching camp located barely three fourths of a kilometre away, how did they not hear the gun shot in the stillness of the forest night. Further, they have also failed in detecting the fire at three places as also the hideout which the poachers had made to commit this offence. Therfore, I demand that stringent action be initiated against all the lax staff of the reserve involved in patrolling duties.” To this, the Tiger Reserve Director said, “We have 114 personnel of STPF in place at two camps. I have also asked all Range Forest Officers to take stringent measures. We have also intensified our regular patrolling.”

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RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 08-25-2016

Another one, this is absolutely outrageous.