Tiger quarrel

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India – DNA

Maharashtra: Wildlife Wardens Roar At Tiger Body's Order.

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Underlining its disagreement, the Maharashtra Forest department has written to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) seeking withdrawal of its directive that asks all Chief Wildlife Wardens to seek prior or ex post facto approval before they decide to put a tiger down.

The letter sent by Maharashtra’s Chief Wildlife Warden last week clarifies that the order does not align with the provision of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and hence needs to be withdrawn immediately.

Commentary

Indian authorities quarrel about who decides to shoot a tiger.

The Indian tiger authority (NTCA) demanded that Chief Wildlife Wardens (WWCs) ask their permission.

But the WWCs feel that their authority is at risk so they oppose: they want to be able to decide by themselves to shoot a tiger – if necessary.

If the situation was not so serious it would be very laughable that such egos quarrel about something.

But it is about the life of tigers. So it is not laughable at all.

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Amur tiger

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Nigeria – Punch Newspaper

Tiger Kills Hunter During Deer Dinner.

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A rare Amur tiger in Russia’s far-eastern Khabarovsk region, near the border with China, killed one of two hunters who encroached on its territory while it was eating a deer, state media reported on Tuesday.

The hunters were attacked when they got out of their boat several metres from the tiger to look at a grove of pine nuts, wildlife conservationist Sergei Aramilev said in comments carried by state news agency RIA Novosti.

As the tiger killed one of the men, the other man fatally shot it with a firearm, said Aramilev, who heads the Amur Tiger Centre, an organisation that assists the species.

Commentary

An Amur tiger killed a hunter in the Russian Far East, near the border with China.

The tiger was killed by another hunter.

We assume that the hunter will be charged with poaching an endangered animal, despite the self-defense.

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Malayan tiger cubs

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Malaysia – New Straits Times

Kuala Lumpur City Hall To Adopt 3 Malayan Tiger Cubs.

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Spurred to do its part in animal conservation, Kuala Lumpur City Hall is adopting Zoo Negara’s Malayan Tiger cubs Wira, Hebat and Melur.

Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between City Hall and Zoo Negara would be signed tomorrow, which covers the maintenance, including healthcare, food, and basic care of the offspring of the tigress, Kayla.

“The MoU covers the cooperation (between City Hall and) Zoo Negara for three years, which will include awareness programmes.

Commentary

Kuala Lumpur invests money in a zoo with conservation and awareness as an excuse.

Zoo Negara in Kuala Lumpur has financial problems due to decreasing visitor numbers. City Hall just subsidizes the zoo now to keep them away from problems. Conservation and education are just excuses for the economic investments.

If Kuala Lumpur City Hall was serious about conservation or education, it would invest in developing conservationists, ecologists or rangers. And educating people about the effect of the palm oil idustry on the habitat of tigers.

But they don’t. They chose to invest in a zoo.

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The girl and the tiger

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India – Mongabay India

‘Why Is The Tiger The Bad Guy?’: Q&A With Author And Conservationist Paul Rosolie.

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Heart-breaking. Raw. Beautiful. Vital. These are just a few of the words I can use to describe Paul Rosolie’s new novel, The Girl and the Tiger. While the book tells the tale of a daring girl who has taken it upon herself to return an orphaned tiger to the jungle, it ends up being much more than that: it’s a keening lament for our relationship with nature. A meditation on all things wild, both animal and human.

But it does all this without being preachy or sentimental. You can read this book for the powerful drama and stirring adventure. Or as an unflinching look at modern India — and the modern world — today. I’d suggest both.

Commentary

Wonderful interview from Mongabay with conservationist Paul Rosolie about his work and a his new book: The Girl and the Tiger.

A must-read!

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