Getty images of tiger cubs

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India – Times of India

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The birth of three new tigers is a matter of joy and pride for officials and wildlife enthusiasts anywhere in the country, but not for the farmers in Amaria .

This block, situated 18km away from Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, is home to at least 8 to 10 tigers and the birth of three new cubs have added to the distress of the farmers in this agricultural belt.

Unnerved by the rising number of big cats, they have now threatened to shoot the animals dead or poison them if urgent steps are not taken by the officials. According to farmers, Amaria is an agricultural region spanning scores of kilometres.

Commentary

In Indian state Uttar Pradesh farmers have threatened to kill tiger cubs if they are not translocated directly.

Due to the rise in numbers farmers have become scared for their lives and say that the government is not taking them serious.

The solution might be a translocation of the three tiger cubs but also a translocation of farmers around the tiger reserve.

#tiger #tigernews

K. Ullas Karanth tiger biologist

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India – The New Indian Express

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K Ullas Karanth, tiger biologist from the Centre for Wildlife Studies, strongly advocates the killing of ‘problematic’ tigers. In an interview with Amit S Upadhye, Karanth said the recent Bandipur incident is not the first, and that the Forest Department must improvise its standard operating procedures when it comes to catching large carnivores.  

How do you tackle situations where tigers attack humans on the fringes of tiger reserves?
When there is solid proof that a problematic tiger has lost its natural fear of humans and has preyed on them, it needs to be immediately killed. For the past 20 years, rarely have we seen cases of tigers preying on humans. Not much can be done other than quickly killing the animal and paying compensation.

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Famous tiger biologists K.Ullas Karanth says that problem tigers, like the one now in Bandipur, should be killed immediately.

Capturing it and releasing it somewhere else is just replacing the problem to another area, as history shows us.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger hunt on elephants back

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India – The News Minute

Three Days On, Tiger In Karnataka's Bandipur That Killed A Farmer Remains Elusive.

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The killer tiger in Karnataka’s Bandipur reserve forest continues to elude the state guards as the hunt to capture it entered the third day on Friday.

“No sign of the tiger yet as it does not remain at one place. Hundreds of wildlife tourists visit Bandipur on safari but see a tiger once or twice as they are not easy to spot in a dense forest. We are doing camera trapping to locate it (killer tiger) and the hunt is on,” state’s Principal Chief Conservator (wildlife) Sanjay Mohan told IANS on phone from the forest.

Commentary

It is terrible that a tiger in Bandipur Tiger Reserve in India allegedly killed two humans and that because of that the tiger is now being hunted by the forest department to have the tiger relocated.

What is extra terrible – the forest department that hunts this tiger ared oing so on the back of elephants.

No respect for the elephant whatsoever.

#tiger #tigernews

Bandipur hunted tiger

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India – The Quint

‘Wont’ Kill Man-Eating Tiger, Only Capture’: Karnataka Forest Dept.

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Two days after issuing a ‘capture or kill’ order for a tiger that killed a villager near the Bandipur tiger reserve, Karnataka Forest Department officials clarified on Wednesday, 9 October, that no kill order had been issued.

The clarification comes after wildlife activists in the state came out in protest, comparing the order to the killing of tigress Avni in Maharashtra last year.

“We have no intention of killing the tiger. Following the death of a villager on Tuesday, the people were demanding some immediate action so to pacify them we issued a ‘capture or kill order’ as a last resort. We will ensure the tiger is captured,” said T. Balachandra, Director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

Commentary

The Bandipur tiger that allegedly killed 2 humans and 13 cattle won’t be killed, according to director T. Balachandra of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

#tiger #tigernews

Bandipur tiger

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India – The Weather Channel

Hunt On For Killer Tiger In Karnataka's Bandipur Reserve Forest.

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A massive hunt is underway in Bandipur reserve forest in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district to trap a tiger which killed two persons, including an octogenarian on Tuesday, a wildlife official said on Wednesday.

“We are on the hunt to locate and trap the killer tiger which mauled 80-year-old farmer Shivappa to death,” state’s Conservator of Forests T. Balachandra told IANS.

The Bandipur Tiger Reserve is an 872 square km forest, situated about 220km southwest of Bengaluru on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border.

Commentary

The hunt for the alleged maneating tiger in Bandipure is on.

This tiger allegedly killed two people and is now being hunted, with the intention to relocate the tiger in another area.

#tiger #tigernews

Wildlife Week tiger roaming
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India – The Hindu
Photo credits – David Shephard Wildlife Foundation – A. Seymour

Governor’s pat for tiger conservation.

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Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has called for creating greater awareness on human-wildlife conflicts.

Pointing out that the issue could be a result of lopsided models of development, he called for steps to protect people and their properties against such dangers.

He was delivering the valedictory address to mark the conclusion of the Wildlife Week observance at a function organised at the Forest Department headquarters here on Tuesday.

Commentary

An Indian governor calls for more awareness on human-tiger-conflicts.

The problems with HTCs are encroachment and lack of corridors.

If India wants to end HTCs it needs to create much more corridors so tigers from overpopulated tiger areas can move to less populated areas.

Furthermore India can do so much more on preventing people to live near tiger areas (protected or not). Encroachment is a main cause to deal with.

#tiger #tigernews

Madhya Pradesh tiger

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India – Hindustan Times

Madhya Pradesh redraws plan for 10 wildlife sanctuaries after MLAs, villagers object.

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Under pressure from lawmakers and villagers, the Madhya Pradesh forest department has decided to reduce the area of 10 green corridors to connect tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries in the state by one third.

According to the forest department, the state has six tiger reserves, 10 national parks and 25 wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh, which are poorly connected to each other resulting in increase in human-animal conflict.

The forest department had planned to development 10 sanctuaries in the state to facilitate easier movement of wildlife from one habitat to another and to have more homes for animals. The plan, forest minister Umang Singhar said, would also reduce territorial fights and casualties.

Commentary

The Forest Department of Indian State Madhya Pradesh wants to create tiger corridors because there is not enough space for the current number of tigers.

But the plan is redrawn after protets of lawmakers, that chose sides of villagers that are to be relocated.

India:
1,370,104,415 people
yearly growth: 13,775,474 people

2,967 tigers

Is there any more to say?

#tiger #tigernews

Pretty Boy tiger

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United Kingdom – The Times

Three stripes and you’re out: Pretty Boy the tiger doomed after killing third villager in Rajasthan.

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He is among the most beautiful wild tigers in the world. But Pretty Boy has become one of India’s most notorious man-eaters after killing three villagers, and is now at the centre of a battle over whether he should be caged for life — or put down.

“The animal was growing normally, leaving its mother and hunting prey, but it turned killer,” according to Andy Rouse, a British photographer who has taken pictures of Pretty Boy, 3, in Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan since he was a cub.

Commentary

Another Ranthambore tiger that is a victim of the failing Rajasthan state wildlife policy is Pretty Boy.

Pretty Boy is a beautiful tiger but due to the unavailability of sufficient habitat it needs to go out of human set boundaries. While doing so this tiger thinks it has to protect its habitat against introducers, not knowing humans also live there. This already led to three human casualties.

The problem behind this lays within the success of the past wildlife policy of Rajasthan: due to this success many tigers were able to succesfully reproduce. That’s wonderful.

On the other hand, due to the commercial success of Ranthambore the area got hust too many people and business so Ranthambore is not able to expand to host the growing amount of tigers – as is necessary.

So too many tigers, not enough space to live and too many people… well, you can do the maths yourself.

In this case Pretty Boy was tranquilized again (for the 6th time) and removed to a 2-hectare facility as it allegedly killed three humans.

But more Pretty Boys will follow if Rajasthan doesn’t change its policy soon.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Nepal

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Nigeria – PM News

Tiger kills 48-year-old woman in Nepal.

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A wildlife official, on Thursday, said a wild tiger has killed a 48-year-old woman, who was collecting fodder for her cattle near a national park in south-western Nepal.

 

Apa Baral, Chief Conservation Officer of Bardia National Park, said the woman was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared her dead later. He said that the woman suffered injuries on her head, hands, and face.

In August, wild tigers killed two people near the national park.

Commentary

A tiger killed a woman near Bardia National Park.

The cause for this is the lack of space for tigers.

Due to conservation success tigers need to look outside the protected area to live.
This causes more chance on human-tiger conflicts as humans tend to live more and more near the protected areas.

 

#tiger #tigernews

Avni tiger

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India – First Post

Wildlife Week India 2019: Tragic tale of 'man-eating' tigress Avni tells us so much about the climate crisis.

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The way that we live on Earth is causing an unprecedented acceleration in species extinction. Now, more than half a million species “have insufficient habitat for long-term survival” and are likely to go extinct unless their natural environments are restored. But we are already seeing major problems from this intrusion, not least through anincrease in human-animal conflict.

A case in evidence is that of Avni, a “man-eating” Indian tigress who achieved something close to global recognition at the end of 2018. Man-eating leopards, lions and tigers aren’t uncommon in India – several are killed or captured annually. But Avni achieved fame when a designer cologne was used in an attempt to lure her into a trap. Sadly, the bait failed and she was ultimately hunted down and killed.

Commentary

Avni was a tigress that allegedly killed humans. She was killed in a very questionable way, with still lots of questions to be answered by the authorities.

This article is not about that. The writer, an associate Oxford professor, takes Avni as an example to demonstrate what global climate change is doing with the world.

Interesting read!

#tiger #tigernews

Rajib Naskar tiger conflicts

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India – Outlook

In Sundarbans, Rajib Naskar Risks His Life To Prevent Man-Tiger Conflicts.

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Driven by unfathomable poverty and need, the villagers living near the Sundarbans often illegally venture into the forests to fish and catch crabs, becoming easy prey for the big cats.

Deep inside the mangrove forest of the Sundarbans in West Bengal, Rajib Naskar stood just ten metres away from a male tiger that was glaring at him. Naskar had nowhere to run. And yet, miraculously, he survived to tell the tale.

Rajib is a forest guard in the Sundarbans. His job includes regular foot patrolling in the dangerous mangrove forests which is the territory of the ferocious Sundarban tiger and putting up fences on the edge of the forest to prevent any man-tiger conflict.

Few places in the world are as perilous as the Sundarbans.

Commentary

Forest guards are the unknown heroes of conservation. Some even risk their lives every day to protect the forests where endangered animals, like tigers, live.

This article is about Rajib Naskar, a forest guard in the Indian side of the Sundarbans – the largest mangrove forest in the world.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger T-104

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India – The Hindustan Times

Ranthambore’s Man-Eater Tiger, T-104 Strikes Again, For Third Kill.

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A tiger numbered T-104 from the Ranthambore reserve killed his third human prey, a 30-year-old man, asleep in his farmland-hut in the Karauli district on Wednesday night. Authorities are now faced with the task of capturing and relocating it to a place where it poses less danger to human lives.

A villager said Pintu Mali was in his sleep inside a hut when attacked by the tiger. “It dragged the body inside the forest. When we found out, we raised an alarm” the villager said, adding, the forest officials were informed in the morning.

The body was recovered a few metres from the man’s house on Thursday morning at around 10 am and was handed over to the family after the postmortem, said, forest officials.

Commentary

T-114 is a tiger in Ranthambore. It allegedly killed 3 humans. The last kill, proven because the tiger was collared after the last incidident, is now the limit: the authorities are now going to capture T-114 and probably relocate the tiger.

If they do the same as with T24 – Ustad, the tiger will end up in a zoo too.

Also this proves again that human-tiger-conflicts just happen too often near Ranthambore. Also it proves that education fails because otherwise the victim would not have slept alone in a farming field – former tiger habitat.

#tiger #tigernews

Corbett tiger

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India – Latestly.com

Tiger Spotted In Residential Area Near Jim Corbett National Park, ‘Human-Wildlife Conflict’ On Rise As Wildlife Corridors Shrink.

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Residents living near Uttarakhand’s Jim Corbett park were in shock after a tiger was spotted in the area. The wild animals often find themselves in the human-dominated landscapes due to heavy encroaching of wildlife corridors. In the clip, a tiger can be seen in the residential area. The feline fled from the spot after a car came in front of the animal.

As the population is expanding, humans are venturing into the wild territories and the wild animals are displaced. Reduction in the availability in the natural prey and food often leads wild animals to foray into the human landscapes.

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In a town near Indian Corbett National Park a tiger caused an upset when it was spotted within a residential area.

This is called a ‘human-tiger-conflict’ (HTC) and is happening more and more in India.

The reason for these HTCs is that India refuses to take necessary action against encroachment of tiger habitat.

#tiger #tigernews

Bilal Habib

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India – Hindustan Times

‘Problem’ Tigress Caught From Melghat, Sent To Rescue Centre In Nagpur.

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The Maharashtra forest department on Sunday captured a three-year-old tigress from the buffer area of Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR). The tigress, who has killed two people in the past four months, was sent to a rescue centre in Nagpur.

Forest officials said the tigress, E1, was transported to the Gorewada Rescue Centre (Zoo) in Nagpur on Monday and will remain there till a decision is taken on whether to release her back in the wild.

Commentary

E1, a tigress that was already translocated from another area, has now be taken out of the wild – just for being a tigress.

There seems to be enough proof of her killing one and most probably two humans in the buffer zone of Melghat tiger reserve.

To prevent problems with humans this tigress is now taken out of the wild and removed to a zoo.

Time will tell what’s gonna happen with her.

#tiger #tigernews

Rajaji tiger HTC

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India – News 18

Campaign To Prevent Man-animal Conflict To Be Launched In Fringe Villages Of Rajaji Tiger Reserve (India).

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An awareness campaign will soon be launched in villages close to the Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand advising people not to go into the surrounding forests and risk an assault by the big cat.

The decision in this regard was taken after a recent survey found that 21 out of total 23 victims of leopard attack in Motichur range in the last five years were killed after intruding into the big cat’s habitat, reserve director Prasanna Kumar Patro said.

Commentary

To prevent human-tiger-conflicts (HTCs) the management of the Rajaji tiger reserve in India decided to execute an awareness campaign, with the help of NGOs.

#tiger #tigernews

Bangla tigers

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Bangladesh – Prothom Alo

Tigers Must Be Saved From Poachers.

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According to a survey on tigers in the Sundarbans, carried out by German tiger expert Hen Reeds in 1975, there were 350 tigers in the mangrove forest.

A study on the Sundarbans in 2017 by Kent University in the UK, said the number of tigers in the Sundarbans is 121. So the number of tigers in the Sundarbans has fallen by one third in 42 years.

According to a tiger census in 2004, the number of tigers was 440 in Bangladesh. In another tiger census in 2015, the number of tigers decreased to 106.

Commentary

Bangladesh faces many challenges when it comes to tiger conservation.

Climate change, industries and poaching to name a few.

Although the Bangladesh government increased activities to save their Bengal tiger, it has to do a lot more.

 

#tiger #tigernews

Chandrapur tiger

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Yahoo News

Tiger Found Dead In Maharashtra's Chandrapur.

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A tiger was found dead in Gondpipri Tehsil of Chandrapur municipality of Maharashtra on night of August 24. The reason for the death of the wild animal is yet to be ascertained. Authorities are expected to initiate an investigation to find the reasons behind the death of the tiger.

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Another tiger dead, now in Gondpipri Tehsil of Chandrapur municipality of Indian state Maharashtra.

The cause of death is unscertain and under investigation.

It goes on and on.

#tiger #tigernews

Nepal tiger

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Australia – 7 News

Wild Tigers Kill Two People In Nepal.

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The man was feeding pigs outside his home early on Sunday when a wild tiger pounced on him, said Ashok Bhandari, warden of the Bardia National Park.

Commentary

A tiger in Nepal killed two people, near tiger reserve Bardia National Park.

The situation is being monitored by the Nepalse wildlife authorities.

#tiger #tigernews

Riau tiger HTC

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Indonesia – Anatara News

Forest Fires Drive Sumatran Tiger From Their Habitats

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Indonesia, home to the Sumatran tiger, joined celebrations on International Tiger Day, observed on July 25, to raise support for the conservation of tigers.
The Sumatran tiger is the only surviving tiger in the country, and the smallest of the five tiger subspecies in the world. In the 1970s, the number of Sumatran tigers had reached some 1,000, though the figure decreased to 800 by the 1980s. Currently, the population is believed to be between 400 and 600 tigers.

In earlier days, Indonesia was home to three tiger species, including the Bali tiger, which became extinct in 1940, and the Java tiger, declared extinct in the 1980s.
While environmentalists, experts and officials campaigned during Global Tiger Day, still, the few remaining Sumatran tigers have to struggle to survive, as Sumatra Island has been ravaged by hundreds of hotspots, similar to forest fires, since July 2019.

Riau Province on Sumatra Island has been the most affected by forest fires. Wildfires also broke out in the province’s Tesso Nilo, a 81,700-hectare national park, which is a habitat for critically endangered tigers and elephants.

 

Commentary

Indonesian island Sumatra is like the Amazon: in fire because of ruthless industries that prearrange the fires.

Of course palm oil is the biggest threat to habitats of a.o. tigers but loggers do the work. They start the fires after they have picked the best trees. The results: dead animals and animals thrown out of their habitat, being forced to enter human territory.

Now Indonesia is setting up cultural programs to prevent locals using snares. Although this is a problem, it is not the biggest threat.

Indonesia MUST put more emphasis on preventing pre-arranged forest forest.

#tiger #tigernews

Fences tigers

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Times of India

Nagpur: Forest Boundaries To Be Fenced To Check Man-Animal Conflict.

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In a bid to tackle man-animal conflict, the state cabinet on Tuesday approved setting up of chain link fencing at the boundaries of forests near sensitive village blocks.

Forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said he also proposed Rs 50 crore in the 2019-20 budget for the plan. “There was a demand from local leaders and other public representatives to address the man-animal conflict ,” he said.

The project will be implemented in vulnerable villages by extending the ambit of the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Jan Van Yojana which is already in place in tiger corridors and buffer zones of the reserves in Maharashtra.

Commentary

Pilot-like initiative in Indian reserve where fences will be placed to protect villagers against tigers.

Wonderful news!

Amur tiger on highway

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China – Sjanghaist

Taxi Driver Spots Rare Siberian Tiger By Side Of Jilin Highway.

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A taxi driver received quite the fright recently when heading down a highway late at night and spotting a Siberian tiger looking at him from the side of the road.

The sighting took place in the city of Hunchun, located in the eastern part of Jilin province near to the borders of both North Korea and Russia. Video shows the big cat checking out the car before heading across the road, apparently deciding it would rather walk than take a cab.

Commentary

Amur tiger spotted by a taxi driver on a highway near Hunchun, a little Chinese city near the North Korean border.

The tiger seems numb and could suffer from CDV.

Madhya Pradesh tigers
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Text: India – The Pioneer
Photograph: Tour My India

Tigers In Indian State Madhya Pradesh Need To Wait For New Protective House.

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As the rehabilitation and re-settlement issue of 30 villages in the buffer area of the Madhya Pradesh’s Ratapani Wildlife sanctuary — which is all set to be declared as tiger reserve — lingers on, around 12 big royal cats frequently straying out of the 900 sq km of the protected area will have to wait for some more time to get the designated home.

However, the delay has left them vulnerable to human-animal conflict and poaching, which the State is already witnessing. Till this date this year, 23 tigers have died in the State.

Commentary

Due to resistence within the Madhya Pradesh government tigers in this Indian state now already wait for 11 years to get to their new homes.

Nearly 80 tigers were reported dead in the past one and a half years in Madhya Pradesh, which is a strong signal that the government needs to give the thumbs up soon.

Karnataka tiger

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India – Deccan Chronicle

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright... But Not In Karnataka.

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There has always been an intimate connect  between the royals of yesteryears and tigers and the Mysore royals were no exception, doing everything possible to safeguard the big cat for posterity so that  Karnataka would always have a place of pride in the hearts of animal lovers who adore the striped wonder.

In recent decades, the love for the tiger and conservation efforts have gained momentum helping its population in the state record a steady rise from 290 in 2006 to 524 in 2018.

But now, tiger lovers have reason to be worried after a survey placed Karnataka second to Madhya Pradesh in the number of tigers with the state losing its numero uno position. Tiger reserves like Bandipur and Nagarhole are no doubt ideal retreats for them  and have been favourite destinations for those who can’t rest till they have their rendezvous with the big cat.

But not all is perfect at these reserves—for instance temples located deep inside the forests have to be shifted to avoid human interference and so do tribal families settled inside the forests. On the positive side, tiger reserves like Bandipur, Bhadra and Nagarahole have imposed a night traffic ban to help nocturnal animals cross from one side of the road to the other which was a much needed step considering the number of road kills in recent years.

M.B. Girish examines the state of the big cat in these reserves and finds out what more needs to be done to help Karnataka top in the number of tigers—an honour it enjoyed not so long ago.

Commentary

Problems within Indian state Karnataka grow bigger with the increase of tiger numbers.

Like more poaching, more timber stealing and more human-tiger-conflicts.

Aromic plants tiger

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India – Social News XYZ

Aromatic Plants In UP Tiger Reserve To Check Man-Animal Conflict.

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The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Uttar Pradesh will sow aromatic plants on its boundaries to prevent tiger attacks on human population.

According to Naresh Kumar, senior WWF project director, herbivorous animals like deer, wild pigs and blue bulls do not eat aromatic plants and because they do not come into the area where aromatic plants are present, tiger do not follow them. This puts a break on man-animal conflict.

Farmers in the villages of Dhakka, Chant, Khirkia, Bargadia and Dhuria Palia, around the PTR have already started experimenting by planting lemon grass, poppy, palm rose and geranium.

Commentary

Fragrant flowers to end human-tiger-conflicts? WWF thinks so. They think the prey of tigers (like pigs, deer and blue bulls) doesn’t like the smell and stay away from the flowers. And thus away from humans.

As if pigs, deer or blue bulls think about fragrant flowers when they run for their life being chased by a raging tiger…

 

Regardless of the true reason why HTC’s exist: just too much humans in tiger habitat.

Tiger census

Amid the regular distressing news of tiger deaths due to vehicular accidents and retaliatory killings, the findings of the “Status of Tigers in India-2018” report are heartening. In 2010, the Chinese Year of the Tiger, at the Tiger Summit in Saint Petersburg, India and the other 12 tiger range countries committed to doubling wild tiger numbers by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger. In 2010, the estimated wild tiger population in India was 1706; the latest corresponding figure is 2967, within sight of the target, and well in time. Collectively, the nation needs to celebrate. Since the last estimate of 2266 tigers in 2014, the report shows an impressive 31 per cent increase.

Although the report has its share of unanswered questions as well as grey areas of interpretation, we do not find any obvious discrepancies. Particularly impressive is the scientific rigour and the use of modern techniques of estimation. The methodology is as robust as it can be, using a combination of camera trap images, pug marks, tiger scats as well as habitat mapping. With a survey that covered 3,81,400 km of forested habitats in 20 tiger range states of India involving a foot survey of 5,22,996 km and camera traps deployed at 26,838 locations, one cannot question the robustness of the exercise. Most importantly, a total of 2,461 individual tigers were photo-captured. Thereafter, combining the estimated forest areas, grading them based on prey density and local ecology, the overall tiger population was anywhere between 2,603 to 3,346 with a standard error of approximately 12 per cent.

Census tiger

Large, solitary predators hate being seen. They owe their entire existence to being able to avoid detection by prey and sneak close before attacking.

Hence, when we want to count tigers, the tigers don’t help. But accurate population numbers are fundamental to good conservation. Every four years since 2006, the Indian government conducts a national census of tigers and other wildlife.

The efforts the project team undertakes to derive the tiger population estimate are nothing short of phenomenal: 44,000 field staff conducted almost 318,000 habitat surveys across 20 tiger-occupied states of India. Some 381,400 km² was checked for tigers and their prey.

MP tiger

Even though Madhya Pradesh has reported highest tiger population with 526 tigers, according to All India Tiger Estimation Report 2018 released on Monday, the state has lost 17781.588 acres of Very Dense Forest (VDF) and Moderately Dense Forest (MDF) in last four years, reveals the Forest Survey of India (FSI) report.

Between 2013 and 2015, the state lost 14,826.323 acres of land (60 sq km). Between 2015 and 2017, the state lost 2955.265 acres of forest land (12 sq km), the SFI report says.

Madhya Pradesh is the second largest state in terms of forest area in the country, but the forest is constantly shrinking in the state, the report says.

In 2013, the state had 77,522 sq km forest area, which reduced to 77,462 sq km by 2015 – marking a loss of 60 sq km (14826.323 acres). And between 2015 and 2017, the state has lost 48 sq km (11,861 acres) of forest land and total forest area shrunk from 77, 462 to 77,414 sq km. 

TIGERS AND CATTLE

The Union Environment Ministry and the Department of Livestock and Animal Husbandry are exploring a scheme to devise an insurance policy that will compensate people who lose their livestock to tigers.

A day after India declared that it had 2,967 tigers — a 33% jump since the last tiger census in 2014 — officials from several Ministries met on Tuesday to discuss ways to ensure that these gains were not lost.

The growing tiger base, however, has also brought with it challenges of man-animal conflict, with reports of tigers preying on cattle and sometimes mauling humans who live in the vicinity of their habitat. “Currently, there is no policy on compensating people for such cattle lost because tiger reserves are no-go areas, and people and cattle are not supposed to be present. However, in the larger interest of reducing man-animal conflict, we need to think of such measures,” said Siddhantha Das, Director-General (Forests), Union Environment Mministry. He was one of the participants in the meeting.

Royal Sundarbans tiger

A crab catcher has been dragged away by a tiger in West Bengal’s Sundarbans, a forest official said on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at South 24 Parganas’ Gosaba on International Tigers’ Day on Monday.

“A tiger dragged away 48-year-old Arjun Mondal by the neck, while he was catching crabs in a creek near Sadakkhali forest with two other friends of Rajatjubuli village,” the official said.

He said that the victim’s friends — Dhruba Mondal and Paritosh Mridha — went after the tiger but could not rescue him.

Dead tiger

With around 3,000 tigers, India is one of the safest habitats for them in the world, that is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while releasing the results of All India Tiger Estimation on the occasion International Tiger Day. 

While there is no doubt that the number of tigers in the wild, which was once nearly on the brink of being wiped out has increased in recent years, the national animal is not out of danger yet.

With no natural predators in the wild, tigers face the biggest threat from humans. The ever increasing deforestation means the number of human-animal conflicts are also on the rise and more often than not it is the animals that are on the losing end.

Just in the past couple of days, there have been multiple cases where tigers were killed by humans.