India’s Tigers, Lions, Leopards Face A New Deadly Threat.
2967 is the number which we all started celebrating. India had done well, it seemed, in its conservation efforts with these many tigers in the wild. But with regular decline in habitat, prey base and increase in poaching, do we really think that their survival is still not threatened?
Along with these threats, another increasing threat is being ignored by all which has reached an alarming level now. If we don’t act on the massive threat to wildlife that is posed by the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) which is easily transmitted through infected dogs in and around the sanctuaries and also the feral dog gangs, it may be too late.
CDV means Canine Distemper Virus – a dog virus that can be lethal to tigers as well.
A recent study published in Threatened Taxa notes that 86% of the tested dogs around the Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan carried CDV antibodies in their bloodstream. This means that the dogs are either currently infected or have been infected sometime in their life and have overcome the disease.
However, the chance that they infect a tiger after a tiger ate the dog is real.
The advice from the author is to sterilize or vaccinate all stray dogs around Ranthambore National Park.