Tigress Avni Dead

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India – Mid-Day.com

Mumbai: Murderous hunters won't tranquilise tigers anymore.

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The era of bloodthirsty shikaris (hunters) invited by forest departments of various states to shoot wild animals in conflict with humans is set to end, as the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has introduced new guidelines for this. As per the rules, a confirmed problem animal should be eliminated only by a government department sharp-shooter and not trigger-happy outsiders as in the case of tigress T1 who was killed last year.

However, wildlife conservationists, experts and veterinarians say that as per section 11(1)(a) of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, the Chief Wildlife Warden (CWLW) has the authority to declare any wild animal as a threat to human life and hence fit to be killed – but can invite a private hunter. They say only the new NTCA guidelines should now be followed.

Commentary

The NTCA admits a mistake they made earlier (hiring outside and trgigger-happy gunmen) with a modification of their guidelines:

no more shikaris!

#tiger #tigernews

Orang tiger reserve

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India – Northeast Now

Assam: Orang national park reopened.

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Assam forest and environment minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Saturday reopened the Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve for the tourist season 2019-20.

The Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve in Darrang district is the natural habitat of more than 100 one-horned rhino and around 24 Royal Bengal tigers besides wide range of flora and fauna.

The function was also attended by Mangaldai Lok Sabha MP Dilip Sakia and Mangaldai MLA Gurujyoti Das apart from officials and staff of the Forest Department, students and other local people.

Commentary

Orang Tiger Reserve in India was damaged badly after the floods in Assam earlier this year.

It now reopened so the tourism season can finally start.

#tiger #tigernews

tiger

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India – Economic & Political Weekly

The Killing Of Avni.

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Another Sorrowful Story of Human–Animal Conflict One year on since tigress Avni was killed, a look at what the forest department should have done differently to resolve the territoriality conflict between humans and animals.

In Indian mythology, tigers have always been an iconic symbol of royalty, majesty, fearlessness, beauty, and strength. A Yajurvedic hymn compares the fire god Agni to the ferocity of a tiger, while some hymns compare domestic fire to tigers as protectors of their homes. Durga, the goddess of Shakti, sits astride a tiger while fighting evil; Ayyappa, the deity at Sabarimala, too is shown riding a tiger; and Shiva, the god of destruction is shown wearing or sitting on tiger skin.

Commentary

Historical view on the killing of Avni, that took place already one year ago.

Interesting read.

#tiger #tigernews

Rhantambore tigers

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India – India Today

Why are the Ranthambore tigers killing more and more humans?

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The year 2019 has seen the highest number of human fatalities connected to tiger attacks in and around Ranthambore National Park, one of the biggest wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves in Northern India.

The death toll in the last decade has been reported to be at 14, whereas in the three decades before 2010, the wildlife officials could recall only two. In most cases, the tigers attacked and killed humans only on provocation-if the victim had irritated the tigers or surprised them on their home turf.

Commentary

The reason for tigers from Ranthambore to kill more humans is complex, but indications point out to bad park management. Basically there are too many tigers and too little space to live on.

#tiger #tigernews

Karen people

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Myanmar – Myanmar Times

Saving Myanmar’s treasures.

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After eight years of collecting dust on the planning shelves, the Myitsone dam project in Myitkina township, Kachin State, is at the centre of a revival effort by its Chinese backers. The project had been stalled since 2011, when then-president Thein Sein, in an unprecedented move, put it on hold in the wake of massive public protests.

In late 2009, as Asia Sentinel reported, a team of 80 Myanmar and Chinese scientists and environmentalists released a 945-page environmental impact study of the Myitsone dam for China Power Investment that concluded the dam should not be built. Although the Chinese government ignored the recommendations of its own scientists, the Burma Rivers Network, which opposes the dam, obtained a copy of the assessment and made it public.

Nonetheless, the Ministry of Electric Power-1 said it had done its own environmental assessment, and the dam would be built regardless.

Commentary

To provide China’s expansion drift with energy and trade China is now using the crisis in Myanmar to make deals for major environment-killing infrastructural projects, like roads and dams.

Because nobody knows this, we publish this to raise awareness on this urgent matter.

#tiger #tigernews

Corbett tigers

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India – The New Indian Express

Tiger reserves in Uttarakhand violating NTCA directives?

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Tiger reserves of Uttarakhand- Corbett Tiger Reserve and Rajaji Tiger Reserve are not following National Tiger Conservation Authority guidelines regarding spending of 100% tourism revenue from the protected areas for the development and welfare of local population.

Many other tiger reserves of the country where entire amount received from wildlife tourism is spent on development and welfare of local people are following the guidelines of the NTCA to ensure that the local population.

Commentary

Corbett Tiger Reserve is the biggest tiger reserve in India, with more than 250 tigers. But despite this success it refuses to follow the guidelines of India’s tiger authority, the NTCA.

Instead of investing all revenues from ecotourism the government of Uttarakhand thinks it is fair to keep some of it and spend it on other things than in what is was meant for: the development and welfare of local populations.

It’s just a shame.

#tiger #tigernews

Ramgarh Vishdhari wildlife sanctuary

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India – Times of India

Rajasthan all set to get fourth reserve for big cats.

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Rajasthan is poised to get its fourth tiger reserve with the forest department deliberating on upgrading the Ramgarh Vishdhari wildlife sanctuary. A proposal has been drafted and is likely to be sent to the chief wildlife warden this week for approval.

The upgrade in the status is expected to strengthen the ongoing tiger conservation efforts in the state. In 2013, the Rajasthan government had upgraded Mukundra hills sanctuary as the third tiger reserve.

The total area of 1017 sqkm that has been identified as the reserve area comprising two forest blocks of Bhilwara, territorial forest block of Bundi and Indargarh, which falls under buffer zone of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR).

Commentary

Good news: Indian stata Rajasthan will get a 4th tiger reserve!

This will be the Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary, including some other forests.

This is necessary because Rajasthan has a problem with tigers in Ranthambore. Due to the conservation success Ranthambore has too many tigers and they need to be relocated.

Keep up the good news India!

#tiger #tigernews

Ranthambore tiger

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India – Times of India

Cramped for space, Ranthambore tigers look for new homes.

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The number of tigers in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) has increased to the point that the reserve can no longer sustain the big cats that are currently inhabiting the area. Rajasthan’s chief wildlife warden Arindam Tomar has put forward a proposal to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the apex tiger conservation body in the country, to shift the big cats to Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR), Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) and Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary in Bundi.

Speaking to TOI, Tomar said, “The NTCA has agreed to consider the idea. We will soon prepare a proposal and seek permission on how many tigers can be shifted. This proposal will be sent to the NTCA and ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) for the final nod.”

Commentary

Indian tiger reserve Ranthambore is doing extremely well with tiger conservation, but suffers many other problems due to their success.

Not only pollution is a major threat within the Ranthambore area, but the Ranthambore tigers are also very fragile as there are no corridors to leave or enter the area.

This not only means a poor gene pool, with more chances on viral diseases, but it also is a magnet for lethal problems.

We have witnessed more incidents than ever, both on the human as on the tiger side. And there is more to come, if there will be no action.

But there is hope. The Indian tiger authority (NTCA) and the state of Rajasthan is looking in to the matter.

#tiger #tigernews

Bangladesh tiger

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Bangladesh – Elets Online

Bangladesh - A Treasure Trove Of Biodiversity.

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Bangladesh, despites its small landmass and huge population, is endowed with a rich biodiversity. Due to its geographic location, flora and fauna of Indian subcontinent and South-east Asia overlap in Bangladesh as a transitional zone. The fertile delta of the three mighty rives -the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna and their year-round flow combined with monsoon and tropical climate keep the country lush green for most part of the year.

All these factors make Bangladesh’s biodiversity very unique. Table 1 provides a list of faunal diversity of Bangladesh in comparison with neighbouring India–a mega biodiverse country, and the world.

Commentary

Bangladesh is a beautiful country, underestimated by many. It has so much to offer regarding to biodiversity.

One of the crown jewels is the Sundarbans – the worlds largest mangrove forest. And within this beautiful swamp-like area lives the Royal bengal tiger.

#tiger #tigernews

Plastic for tigers

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India – Hindustan Times

Wildlife hit as plastic finds way into parks, reserves.

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The death of a Cape Buffalo from eating polythene in the plastic-free National Zoological Park in New Delhi this August not just sent shock waves through the community of environmentalists and wildlife experts, but also raised questions about how clean so-called plastic-free zones, such as national parks, sanctuaries and wildlife reserves, are.

Animals eating plastics is not uncommon. In July, a photograph, shared by a wildlife official, of a leopard eating leftovers in a polythene bag near Corbett Tiger Reserve went viral. In the past, remains of plastic carry bags, gutka packets, and chips and biscuits packaging have been found in elephant dung in the forests of north Bengal.

Commentary

India, like many other countries, has a culture problem. Most people don’t care about their environment enough and throw away their rubbish on the streets.

But not only on the streets. Tourists do it also when they visit national parks or protected tiger reserves.

Local authorities and NGOs do a lot to prevent waste pollution but is seems not enough.

It’s about time that prime minister Modi comes up with a working plan to change the Indian culture – in this sense.

#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

Rajaji tiger

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India – Times of India
Photo credits – The Tribune
 

Rajaji Authorities To Translocate 5 Tigers From East To West.

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The officials of forest department have decided to translocate five tigers from the Terai region to Rajaji west in three phases this winter. At present, the eastern part of Rajaji Tiger Reserve, which spans around 30,000 hectares, has around 38 tigers while the west, which is almost double the size, has only 2 tigresses.

RTR director PK Patro said, “The National Tiger Conservation Authority has given the clearance for the move. We are waiting for the soft release enclosure to be constructed after which the animals will be transported to western Rajaji as per the norms.”

Commentary

Five tigers will be relocated from Terai to Rajaji Tiger Reserve, an area with more habitat richness (healthy prey base density, presence of deers, sambhars and leopards along with other species for tiger food.

#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 selfie

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India – Republic World

SHOCKING: Ranthambore Reserve Officers Click Selfie With Dead Tiger,

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In a blatant display of insensitivity, a video has emerged on Saturday, of forest officials of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve clicking selfies with a dead tiger in Rajasthan’s Sawai district. The three-year-old male tiger T-109 or ‘Veeru’ died on Thursday, after succumbing to his injuries incurred in a fight allegedly over forest territory, according to ANI.

The Reserve staff had reportedly performed last rites for ‘Veeru’ at Aama Ghat in Sawai Madhopur on Friday. The video shows a uniformed officer posing for a self with Veeru’s body as staff watch. Then officials are seen picking up the tiger’s remains to perform his last rites.

Commentary

Taking a selfie with a tiger is not done. Many people are condemned for it, but they do it in roadside zoos, tiger tourism facilities in Thailand, China or the USA.

But why do you – as an uniformed official in a tiger reserve – make a selfie with a dead tiger?

It is a sign of total disrespect, which adds up to everything that is happening in Ranthambore right now.

[see the video in the article]

#tiger #tigernews

Mukundra Hills tiger

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India – Times of India
Photo credits: Tour My India

Forest staff transfers threaten tiger survival in Mukundra.

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Large-scale transfers of forest personnel has crippled tiger tracking and village relocation programme at Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) where big cats were reintroduced by the Vasundhara Raje government in 2018.

To highlight the issue, the reserve’s DFO has written to principal chief conservator of forests & head of the forest force (HoFF) to deploy more guards and cancel transfer orders as only 54 guards were left in the reserve against 111 sanctioned posts.

Commentary

Mukundra Hills tiger reserve is relatively new as the tigers have been reintroduced in 2018.

But in stead of making it a success the park management is making a mess of it.

With already 37 vacancies the park management agreed with transfers of 20 forest guards to other districts, leaving 50 per cent of the posts vacant.

Not only this creates extra pressure on remaining staff but it could also affect tiger monitoring as threats on poaching remaing high.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger temple

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India – Times of India

Tiger Zone In Andhra Pradesh Faces Threat From Ashram Expansion Plan.

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The Varikuntla tiger corridor zone in Kadapa, one of the last few homes left for the big cat in Andhra Pradesh , is under threat not from forest dwellers or poachers, but from an old ashram, which has now applied for diversion of around 13 hectares.

The tiger zone connects Gundla Brahmeswaram (GBM) wildlife sanctuary to Seshachalam forest, and experts say the expansion of the ashram is a serious threat to the tigers, specially when camera traps set up in the area clicked two tigers in the area recently.

An alarmed National Tiger Conservation Authority has sent a notice to AP forest department, asking why huge structures, including ashram rooms, choultry and a temple is being allowed, leading to deforestation.

Commentary

Another temple is screwing tigers, this time in India.

In Indian state Andhra Pradesh the management of a temple has encroached precious land from a tiger corridor and wants to have even more tiger habitat to expand their temple complex to host the thousands of visitors they receive every month.

We say: build a temple in a village or in a city but leave the tigers alone. Also we say: demolish the possibly illegally built buildings.

#tiger #tigernews

Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve

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India – The Hindu

Down To Zero: STR’s Shrinking Buffer Zone.

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Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve that registered the highest growth in tiger numbers in the country the last four years, will have no eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) or at the most just one kilometre, around its boundary.

According to a draft notification, the extent of ESZ varies from zero to one kilometer around the tiger reserve, and activists in the western region are alike in their opinion that the reduction of ESZ from the default 10 km radius to zero kilometre was to help the mining lobby.

Commentary

India has 50 protected tiger areas. Those areas have buffer zones or eco sensitive zones – to protect people and tigers. These zones are often quite large.

So if there is no such zone, you hear alarm bells – as is the case with the Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve.

The buffer zones are shrinking and guess what? They appear to be interesting for the Indian mining cooperations. But why should a dedicated forest department give up much needed buffer zones? All signals point to corruption.

NGOs warn us that a valuable tiger reserve is at stake.

They need support to be heard. You can help them.

#tiger #tigernews

Bangla tiger dead

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Bangladesh – United News of Bangladesh

Dead Tigress Wasn’t Poisoned, Says Forensic Report.

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The Royal Bengal Tiger found dead in the Sundarbans was not poisoned; rather it died a natural death, according to the test report of forensic and CID labs.
 

Forensic laboratory of the Forest Department submitted the test report after one month on Wednesday morning. 

Kanak Roy, a senior lab technician of Wildlife Crime Control Unit, said five types of samples of the tiger were tested in their forensic lab.

Commentary

One month ago a dead tiger was found in the Shrankhola range of the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans.

Poisoning was mentioned a lot by people when discussing the possible cause.

But now forensics have declared that poisoning was not the cause of death.

The tiger died a natural death.

#tiger #tigernews

Shafat Ali Khan Avni tiger killer

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India – Times of India

Seek Approval While Tranquilising Or Putting Down Tigers: NTCA.

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To ensure that tigers are not poached and illegally killed on the pretext of being man-eaters, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA ) has mandated all the tiger-range states to take approval from it while putting down or tranquilising any big cat.

The approval should “preferably be prior or ex- post facto depending on the exigency involved,” NTCA’s letter says. The directive was sent to the chief wildlife warden and head of forest force of all the states by additional director general and member secretary of NTCA Anup Kumar Nayak a few days ago.

Commentary

To ensure that tigers are not poached and illegally killed on the pretext of being man-eaters, the Indian tiger authority (NTCA) has ordered all tiger states to ask for permission with the NTCA before shooting or tranquilizing a tiger.

The wildlife wardens however oppose this as they say that they need to act quickly if the safety of people is at stake.

To be continued.

#tiger #tigernews

Palamu Tiger Reserve

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India – The Pioneer

NTCA Holds Workshop On Tigers At PTR.

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To investigate the reasons for the tiger population to be found zero in Palamu Tiger Reserve (PTR) and to  increase the number of tigers, a two days work shop cum training programme held at Betla of Latehar district.

The programme was attended by the members of the National Tiger Conservation Authority Secretary Anoop Naik, IG Amit Malik, DIG Nishant Verma and Surendra Mehra, PCCF (Wildlife) PK Verma etc. In the workshop, the causes of tiger conservation, promotion and monitoring were investigated.

Commentary

It says Palamu is a tiger reserve but reality is that there are hardly any tigers present in the forests.

The Indian tiger authority NTCA has put the management of the reserve on a tight leash to make sure improvements are made.

One of their methods is a workshop, being conducted recently.

#tiger #tigernews

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India – India Today

Rumble In The Jungle - Tiger Tourism.

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A plan to set up an ’empowered wildlife advisory committee’ in Madhya Pradesh has been caught up in the conservation versus tourism debate and is facing stiff resistance from the state’s forest department.

A proposal to create such a body was recently sent to the state government by Delhi-based conservationist Valmik Thapar (who was also recently appointed to the state’s wildlife advisory board). The proposal has been rejected by the state’s chief wildlife warden, U. Prakasham, who says that such a committee is not needed.

A section of conservationists had also opposed the proposal-they argue that such a committee would favour tourism over conservation.

Commentary

A pro-tourism lobby group in Indian state Madhya Pradesh – that calls itself an ’empowered wildlife advisory committee’ – wants to have more to say about tiger conservation.

Of course the state’s forest department rejected the proposal. As it is all about increasing profits and not about tigers.

Let the Indian tourism sector first show that they can transform into eco-tourism and really contribute to tiger conservation.

Otherwise Madhya Pradesh tiger reserves also end up as tiger tourist traps like Ranthambore.

#tiger #tigernews

Kaziranga tiger

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India – Hindustan Times

Assam Approves Kaziranga Eco Sensitive Zone Proposal, Sends It To Centre.

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In line with the Supreme Court’s directions, Assam government has approved a draft proposal for a long pending eco-sensitive zone around the Kaziranga National Park and sent it to the Centre, officials of the state’s Department of Environment and Forest said on Wednesday.

The move is aimed at regulating activity including mining around the famed national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to the big five including the one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tiger, elephant, water buffalo and swamp deer among other species.

Commentary

To regulate, manage or prevent eco-sensitive activities (like hotels, mining) the Assam government finally followed up on a Supreme Court decision to create a Eco Sensitve Zone around Kaziranga National Park.

But the fight doesn’t seem to be over as the opposition thinks the proposed zone is not enough.

#tiger #tigernews

chattisgarh tiger

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India – The New Indian Express

Tiger Population In Chhattisgarh Has Dwindled By 59% Since 2014, Says Study.

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Chhattisgarh’s performance on tiger conservation management has been miserable as the big cat population has dwindled by 59% since 2014, revealed the official findings.

The state forest department didn’t hesitate to admit that the situation is really depressing.

The state lagged behind other states in effectively implementing the management framework for tiger conservation.

Commentary

Cchatttisgarh is performing poor in tiger conservation in comparison with other Indian reserves.

How can we help to improve their performance?

 

#tiger #tigernews

Gadchiroli tiger

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India – DNA

Gadchiroli: New Home For 'Surplus' Tigers.

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As the population of tigers in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) and Bramhapuri Forest Division grows beyond what the ecosystem can sustain, Gadchiroli district, marked by left-wing extremism, is emerging as the new habitat for the big cat. An indicator of overpopulation of the predator is the increase in human-animal conflict in the zones around the reserves. TATR has around 90 tigers, while Bramhapuri has 40.

Wadsa forest division in Gadchiroli has one adult male tiger and four sub-adults, who are largely spillovers from Chandrapur; Pranhita Wildlife Sanctuary, located across the border from Telangana, has six to seven tigers. The Maharashtra side has just recorded the presence of a male sub-adult, believed to have crossed the Pranhita river.

Commentary

A former Indian tiger forest where once were more than 100 tigers wants to have tigers again.

But is it wise to put effort in it – that is the big question.

There are two reasons to doubt. The presence of poachers, due to the presence of left wing Naxalites makes protection almost impossible. And the lack of prey as Gadchiroli has a poor prey base.

The NTCA and the Maharashtra forest department will have a hard case to break.

#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

Madhya Pradesh tigers

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India – Orissa Post

Tribal Community Suffering In Madhya Pradesh In The Name Of Tiger Conservation.

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Madhya Pradesh (MP) has a rich history of tiger conservation and it comes naturally to the native, tribal community here. However, in the past few decades, several tribes have been evacuated or displaced under the garb of tiger conservation and the members are slowly losing touch with their roots and forgetting their age-old traditions.

According to reports available, around 450 families from the indigenous Baiga and Gond communities were evicted to protect tigers in the Kanha Tiger Reserve in 2014. Forest-rights activist Vivek Pawar said the government and authorities make displace these tribal people as they feel tigers and human beings cannot exist together. However, he is quick to point out that these tribal people have co-existed with animals including tigers for more than 100 years. And a century ago there were more tigers than are at present.

Vivek Pawar alleged that hundreds of tribals community are being tortured by forest officials under the veil of tiger conservation.

Commentary

Tigers have lost 93 percent of their habitat. And still they are losing more and more because of human encroachment.

Some governments want to really protect tigers. One of the most successful activities is the relocation of people from core and buffer zones of tigers. Why? Because poaching is often done by local people, whether for commercial, protective or retaliational reasons.

But the discussion about it is always being raised by ‘human interest’ NGOs as they care more for humans than for endangered tigers.

Therefore it is a good thing governments pursue their plans as it actually helps to save tigers – despite all the human tragedies that come from relocations.

#tiger #tigernews

Indian rangers

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India – The Pioneer

NTCA Proposes Reward For Frontline Staff.

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To keep the morale high of the frontline staff, who are the first line of defence against wildlife poaching, forest fires, timber smugglers and other activities that degrade the wildlife habitats in tiger reserves, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has for the first time come out with a proposal to annually reward the best among the unsung heroes.

Anup K Nayak, member secretary, NTCA , said that the reward is mainly for extraordinary efforts put in by the frontline staff in overall tiger conservation. “The move was much-needed. These frontline forest staff risk their lives as they patrol day and night to protect our vulnerable flora and fauna by chasing and confronting timber smugglers or poachers.

Commentary

India is losing the most rangers in the world, mostly because of murdering poachers. Their paygrade is low which could undermine the morale.

But now the Indian tiger authority NTCA has proposed to create bonuses for excelling frontline staff members.

Excellent decision!

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger on the road
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Photo credits: Pinterest
India – Deccan Herald

Bandipur: Centre Gets 4 Weeks On Alternative Road.

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A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Surya Kant also allowed Ministry of Road Transport and Highway, along with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to file its response in the matter. The top court on August 7
directed that the ban on night traffic would continue to operate.
 
The Supreme Court on Friday gave additional four weeks time to the Centre to respond to its suggestion for developing an alternative route as the national highway in order to ensure that the roads passing through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve are shut permanently.

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The saga of the road through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve continues as the Supreme Court gave 4 additional weeks to create an alternative road.

How easy can it be: no roads through tiger habitat (protected or not).

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Tiger genetics

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India – Mongabay

Genetics Shake-Up For India’s Tiger Conservation Plans.

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A recent study, by scientists from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, states that India needs a paradigm shift in its tiger conservation approach.

India should stop “indiscriminately doubling” tiger numbers and extend the focus of its tiger conservation programmes from selected high-profile reserves to areas that are currently under-represented but harbour unique genetic diversity, recommends the study.

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Excellent article on the addition of genetic biodiversity as a main ingredient for successful conservation.

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