Tiger crossing road

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India – Times of India

Disturbances from road affect wildlife: Study.

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Road-related disturbances can influence presence of species in adjacent forest areas, a study by Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, has found.

The study titled ‘Road effect zones of major prey species in roaded landscapes in India’ is part of a larger road ecology research project being conducted by WII. The results were presented by senior research fellow with the project Akanksha Saxena at the annual research seminar at WII recently.

The research project aims to assess ecological impact of roads on wildlife and is based in three important landscapes — Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong (Assam), Nagarhole-Bandipur (Karnataka), and Central India (Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh) tiger corridors including roads around Navegaon-Nagzira, Tadoba and Kanha-Pench tiger reserves.

According to the study carried out on road segments passing through forests, roads can reduce chance of some species inhabiting forest areas up to 500 metres from the road, an area that is ecologically called ‘road-effect zone’.

Commentary

The presence of roads near or in wildlife habitat has en effect on wildlife, shows a study in India.

The effects vary, from species inhabiting (or not) forest areas near roads to the total absence of e.i. prey of tigers (like sambar deer and chital).

#tiger #tigernews

Pilikula tigers

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India – Daiji World

Ramdas Kamath from UAE donates Rs 15 lac for newborn tiger cubs at Pilikula.

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Abu Dhabi entrepreneur Ramdas Kamath and his wife Jayashri Kamath donated Rs15 lac to Pilikula Biological Park, for construction of animal houses for the newly born five tiger cubs.

It may be recalled, recently tigress ‘Rani’ gave birth to five cubs.

After visiting Pilikula, Ramdas promised to provide more financial help for the development of the park.

 

Commentary

Wealthy UAE business man and his wife support a zoo with paying for extra shelters after the birth of 5 (!) tiger cubs.

#tiger #tigernews

La Llorona Tiger Award

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India – Outlook

La Llorona best film, Vaclav Marhoul best director at KIFF.

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Guatemalan offering “La Llorona” (The Weeping Woman) won the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger award for best film in international competition at the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival here on Friday.

The film, directed and produced by Jayro Bustamante, won the trophy and a cheque of Rs 51 lakh, which were presented by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the closing ceremony of the eight-day film festival.

Czech film maker Vaclav Marhoul was adjudged the best director for his film ”Nabarvene Ptace” (The Painted Bird), getting a prize purse of Rs 21 Lakh besides the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger trophy.

”Shpia e Ages” (Aga”s House), directed by Lendita Zeqira of Kosovo, got the special jury award in the international competition category.

Commentary

Tigers are being used in many ways. Where in other countries movies gets prizes like a BAFTA, a Golden Globe or an Oscat they give Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Awards in India.

This year La Llorona was awarded as the best film, and got a Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award.

Indian tiger numbers

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India – The Hindu

Experts question tiger numbers.

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India’s tiger numbers have come under the scanner as experts, including wildlife scientist Ullas Karanth, have questioned the enumeration methodology in a new paper published in a scientific journal.

India reported a 33% increase in the number of tigers in the wild in July this year, and the total tiger population was pegged at 2,967, a third more than the 2014 enumeration.

Commentary

Well-known scientists doubt the tiger numbers from the latest All India Tiger Census and call for a drastic revision of the current way of counting tigers.

Not only the current way of counting tigers is inaccurate, it is also a waste of tax payers money.

Let’s call for a national discussion.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger economy India
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India – The New India Express
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Roaring sector that serves India like no other.

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What is at the heart of India’s growth story? A plethora of economic theories would say it is our urban spaces: If the country must realise its potential and achieve the $5-trillion economy goal, rapid urbanisation must propel development.

But what if someone says it is the country’s tiger reserves that serve the economy like no other sector? A recent study that attempted to quantify economic services and benefits that tiger reserves produce should settle the issue.

 
 

Commentary

What is a main driver for the Indian economy? Exactly: the tiger.

A report shows that the economical value of tiger reserves is astronomical. One tiger reserve even shows the incredible return of investment of 7500.

Can you imagine to invest one dollar and get $ 7500 back?

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Travel

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India – Times of India

1,160 & 450km: Two trekking tigers walk into record books.

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Two young male tigers, both on epic journeys of their own, are walking their way into record books. One has logged 1,160km so far and the other 450km, which are among the longest recorded distances covered by any tiger in the country.
 
C1, a radio-collared tiger from Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Pandharkawda in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal had stepped out of the sanctuary in search of a new “home” on June 21, 2019, after being radio-collared on February 27, 2019. It has so far travelled 1,160km through six districts in two states, Telangana and Maharashtra , moving through human-dominated landscapes virtually without being seen.

Commentary

Two young male tigers went out for a walk, independently of each other. Both have walked a considerable distance: one did 1160 km and the other 450 km.

One might wonder why they travel so far?

#tiger #tigernews

Avni cubs

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India – Times of India

Over 1-year-old hunt to capture T1’s cub to end.

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The longest-ever hunt, to capture Pandharkawda tigress T1 aka Avni’s male tiger cub (C1), will end as the tiger seems to have settled down, and there has not been any case of conflict over the last one year.

The cub is also not dependent on baits anymore. Sources said forest officials too are now contemplating whether the cub still needs to be captured, especially when it is not killing baits or cattle. It is also not involved in conflict with humans.

State chief wildlife warden Nitin H Kakodkar said, “No decision in this regard has been taken yet. We are still monitoring the animal.”

 

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/over-1-year-old-hunt-to-capture-t1s-cub-to-end/articleshow/71929604.cms

Commentary

A tiger cub, that saw his mother being shot, was on the run for more than a year.

A.K. Mishra, the responsible man for killing Avni, also ordered to shoot her cubs.

But now one year later, the male cub still is on the loose and not causing any problems.

Now within the Forest Department and the Indian tiger authority talks are going on what to do with the cub.

There is only one answer possible of course: just leave him alone.

#tiger #tigernews

NH766 Tiger Highway

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India – Mongabay

Much ado about a highway.

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T. Balachandra, Conservator of Forests and Field Director, Project Tiger, Bandipur, is a worried man. Close on the heels of a massive protest in neighbouring Kerala, over the rumoured closure of the highway that connects it with Karnataka through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, he had to oversee the capture of a tiger that had strayed into a village in the Gopalaswamy Betta range of the Bandipur reserve and killed a dozen cattle and two men, causing panic all around.

He does not see both these cases as mutually exclusive. “A highway through the park is a linear intrusion and a huge stressor for the animals. There are ecological impacts to it. It’s not just about roadkills,” he says, adding that human-animal conflict was on the rise in the villages on the peripheries of the reserve. “The department has paid Rs 1.5 crore (Rs. 15 million) as compensation for the crop damaged by the animals apart from the ex-gratia paid for deaths from the conflict,” he added.

Commentary

A highway that runs through a tiger reserve divides India. Students want to keep the road because it shortens their travel time and conservationists want to have an alternative road, backed up by a court verdict.

Let’s hope there will be a solution soon.

Panna tigers

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India – The Better India

0 to 54: The Untold Story of How Panna Got Her Tigers Back in Just 10 Years.

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In 2009, there were no tigers left in Panna Tiger Reserve. What happened in the next 10 years is really heartwarming at a time when the world’s tiger population is under a serious threat. #WildIndia #Respect

Set up in 1981, Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh became a tiger reserve in early 1994. Fifteen years later, in 2008, Panna’s official tiger count stood at a shocking zero.

The revelation created a public furore, with forest department officials facing a nationwide backlash. They stood dejected; the damning statistics shattered their morale. The state committee set up to probe into the matter suggested the transfer of all the existing forest officials at Panna. But IFS officer R Sreenivasa Murthy, the newly instated Director of Panna Tiger Reserve, opposed the move, stating that the current officials already possessed a hands-on knowledge of Panna and her tigers. 

Commentary

Panna Tiger Reserve in India had lost all its tigers in 2008. But due to perseverance, understanding the local tribes and conservation and cooperation with government and NGOs, the reserve is back on track. And how!

Nowadays more than 50 tigers roam in Panna Tiger Reserve.

A job well done and an example for many countries!

#tiger #tigernews

Adorable tigers

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India – Republic World

Tiger Family Filmed Drinking Together At Watering Hole In Cute Video.

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Indian Forest Services officer stationed at the Pench Tiger Reserve, Susanta Nanda, on November 8, shared an adorable video of a family of tigers drinking water at a watering hole.

The video was filmed within the premises of the tiger reserve and showed a tigress having water with her three cubs. However, the IFS officer did not specify the tiger in the video. 

It appeared to be the famous Royal Bengal Tigress ‘Collarwali’, famous for giving birth to 4 cubs in the month of January and a total of 29 cubs in different litters over a span of 10 years. Nanda also mentioned the different characteristics of tigers in a video he had posted on Twitter.

Commentary

Pench is doing good as a tiger reserve. The video in the original post shows Collarwali, a 13 year old tigress that already gave birth to 29 cubs in 7 different litters.
 
A hell of a lady!
 
[see the video]
 

#tiger #tigernews

Trapped tiger

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India – NDTV

Tiger Trapped In Rocks After Jumping 35 Feet Into Maharashtra River Dies.

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A tiger, which was trapped between some rocks after jumping 35 feet in a river in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district after getting injured, has died, a forest official said on Thursday.

The striped animal, suspected to have received spinal injuries after jumping 35 feet off the bridge, was on Wednesday found stranded between the rocks in Sirna river near Kunada village, located around 27 km from Chandrapur, he said.

#tiger #tigernews

Commentary

A tiger, which was trapped between some rocks after jumping 35 feet in a river in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district after getting injured, has died, a forest official said on Thursday. The striped animal, suspected to have received spinal injuries after jumping 35 feet off the bridge, was on Wednesday found stranded between the rocks in Sirna river near Kunada village, located around 27 km from Chandrapur, he said.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger and sloth bear

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United Kingdom – Gent Inside

This Bengal Tiger Picked The Wrong Pray When It Went After This Sloth Bear.

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A naturalist who went on a safari in the National Park of Tadoba in India has captured on film an impressive fight between a sloth bear and a tiger. The female bear was attacked after the well-known, dominant male feline starting chasing her and her cub.

The tiger is one of the most powerful evolving predators in India. However, occasionally the animals stand up to and even fight back against it without mercy. This is what Akshay Kumar has been able to observe as the head naturalist at Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge, situated in the State of Maharashtra in India. During the safari, the man did indeed capture an amazing sight.

Commentary

Just watch the video in the original article. This is nature as nature should be.

#tiger #tigernews

Sundari tiger

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India – Odisha TV

One Year On, Tigress Sundari Still Leads A Caged Life.

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Even as one year has passed since Royal Bengal tigress Sundari was kept in an enclosure, the State Forest department is yet to take any decision for release of the captive big cat into the wild.

Sundari which was shifted to Odisha’s Satkosia Tiger Reserve from Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh under the first ever inter-State tiger translocation project in the country in August 2018 was relocated to an enclosure on November 6, 2018 after public outrage over reports of its attack on humans and animals.

Commentary

Sundari, the tigress that caused an uproar in villages around the area she lived, after attacking humans and animals, was taken from the wild one year ago.

To date nothing has changed. The State Forest Department is afraid to make a decision: either conservationists complain or villagers complain.

But time is running out for Sundari, still condemned to live her life in an enclosure.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger trafficker

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India – The Sentinel Assam

Tiger Skin And Nails Recovered, Three Arrested By Golaghat Police.

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Acting on a tip-off, a team of police led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (HQ) Golaghat, Partha Pratim Saikia conducted a raid in the Murphuloni Kowani area under Bogijan PS in Golaghat and arrested two poachers and another person while they were trying to smuggle tiger organs.

Police sources stated that the duo was involved in killing a tiger in Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary and they were going to make a deal to sell the skin, nails, and bones of the dead tiger. The three arrested persons have been identified as Hubit Tete, Amen Dhanowar and Jiten Kerketa. Police interrogation is on.

Commentary

Three poachers have been arrested in Indian state Assam after a tip-off, trying to sell the skin, nails and bones of a tiger.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger

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India – India Today

Maharashtra govt refused to pay our fees for eliminating T1 man eating tigress, says Hyderabad based shooter.

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A felicitation ceremony was organised at Savarkeda in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra on November 2 to commemorate one year of eliminating the man-eating tigress.

Villagers of 19 villages of Savarkeda tehsil got together and felicitated Nawab Shafaket Ali Khan and his son Asghar Ali Khan.

The father and son were also given a token of appreciation and an amount of Rs 21,000. The villagers thanked the father and son saying there hasn’t been any loss of human life since T1 was eliminated on November 2, 2018. A total of 13 villagers in Yavatmal district’s Pandharkevda division had lost their lives in the T1 Attack.

Commentary

A small consolation for tiger lovers that are still angry with the whole situation around the killing of Avni.

The killer of tigress Avni doesn’t get paid for killing her as there is no MoU (or a contract).

#tiger #tigernews

Madhya Pradesh tiger

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India – Hindustran Times

Alarm bells after 11 tiger deaths in Madhya Pradesh this year.

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Madhya Pradesh has recorded the highest tiger deaths— at least 11—in the first 10 months of a year in five years, according to state forest department officials.

The deaths have alarmed officials as Madhya Pradesh this year reemerged as the state with the highest number of tigers in the country after eight years.

According to the 2018 All India Tiger Estimation report released in July, Madhya Pradesh had 526 tigers followed by Karnataka (524). Officials said that the report has boosted tourism in the state

Commentary

Indian state Madhya Pradesh has shown beautiful tiger numbers at the last tiger census.

But the flipside of the coin is that in the first 10 months of 2019 already at least 11 tiger deaths were recorded. Electrocution, poaching, poisoning, territorial fights.

Sad but true.
And a call for more action.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Marathon

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India – Times of India

Marathon organisers flout rule in Mukundra tiger reserve.

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In blatant violation of the Wildlife Protection Act, the forest department has allowed marathon organisers to set up a stage and use hand-held loudspeakers on the fringes of Mukandra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) core area on Sunday.

Tents were also put up for distribution of food near the critical tiger habitat. After TOI highlighted this issue, the forest department had on October 28 ordered that the marathon would be held only on the motorable road and no activities would be allowed. The order, however, appeared to be an eyewash as the organisers in presence of forest staff violated the norms blatantly near the core area.

 
 

Commentary

In India something definitely goes wrong with tiger conservation.

Now a permit has been given to have a marathon in a tiger area.

How crazy can it get?

#tiger #tigernews

Avni killer

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India – Mid-day.com

Celebration of tigress Avni's 'murder' angers wildlife lovers.

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Felicitation of the ‘killers’ of Tigress T1, famously known as Avni, by locals of 19 villages in Yavatmal district has left activists and animal lovers fuming. The villagers presented the award to Asghar Ali Khan and his father Nawab Shafat Ali Khan on November 2, a year after Avni was killed by Asghar.

The ‘poor farmers, locals and sarpanch of the 19 affected villages’ organised the program, named ‘Man Eater Day’, to celebrate Avni’s death at Wedshi village. The villagers presented a demand draft of Rs 21,000 to the controversial private hunter and his son Asghar for putting an end to the terror created by Avni, who was suspected of killing 13 people.

Commentary

The killer of Avni is provoking conservationists, after being invited by villagers to receive an ‘award’ on ‘man eater day’.

The NTCA and the forest department of Karnataka should really step up to control this ridiculous situation as it is not benefitting tiger conservation at all.

#tiger #tigernews

Avni mourning

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India – Nagpur Oranges

Tiger Lovers gather at Futala to mourn the murder of tigress Avni.

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Nagpur is called the Tiger Capital of India. It is therefore inevitable to see the love for the animal for the people of this city. Hence when the known tigress Avni was murdered the tiger lovers of the city gathered at the Futala Lake in Nagpur to mourn the tigress’ killing. It was just the handful of people but a good gathering of animal lovers from the group of Avni Foundation had collected at the said place on 2nd November with candles in their hand.

They lit the candles before the T1 tigress AVNI who was killed and read out prayers which was written to remember the animal. The prayers were said in different languages including Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, English, Bengali, and Punjabi. The tigress was killed on 2nd November 2018 as per the first shoot and sight order were given by the forest department. However, this order was later intervened by the Bombay High Court getting the stay on it. Later a second shoot at sight was given as the two young cubs were seen getting dependent on her.

Commentary

The spirit of Avni, combined with the anger, lives on. Now tiger lovers have gathered at Futala Lake in the tiger capital of the world (Nagpur – India) to mourn the death of this tigress and to say prayers.

#tiger #tigernews

Satkosia Tiger

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India – Valliant News

Male Royal Bengal tiger translocates from Madhya Pradesh to Odisha.

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A 3-year-old male Royal from Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh has been successfully translocated to Satkosia Tiger Reserve on Thursday. In the conservation history of India this is for the first time any tiger is being translocated from Kanha tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh to another state for reintroduction, forest officials said.
“The tiger is safe, healthy and moving,” said principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF), Sandip Tripathy.

The transportation of the tiger was done through a specialized vehicle from Madhya Pradesh accompanied by two veterinary doctors from Madhya Pradesh along with their team.

Commentary

History shows that translocating tigers to Odisha is not always a success.

Now another tiger has been translocated from Madhya Pradesh to Odisha state Satkosia Tiger Reserve.

Let’s hope this one will be allright!

#tiger #tigernews

Avni cubs

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India – Times of India

Startled by chance encounter, tiger C1 injures man by reflex.

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Tiger C1 — startled by a chance encounter with a group villagers — injured a resident of Sukali village, in Sengao taluka of Hingoli district, on Saturday. This was not a case of tiger attack, clarified senior forest department official. The animal reacted aggressively as it was surprised by a group of four villagers, who too were unaware of the big cat’s presence in the area, they said.

“The tiger was hiding in a dense bush on a narrow lane going towards the fields, about 2km from the village. The locals suddenly came across the tiger. In panic, they reacted. Caught off guard, the tiger hurt one of the villagers while escaping into a nearby field,” said Hingoli district forest officer Keshav Wable.

 
 

Commentary

C1, the cub of tigress Avni that could not be captured after the killing of Avni, attacked a local far away of his home, exactly one year after his mother was assassinated. 

Considering the content of this article C1 is being cornered more and more.

It seems like the Avni-case more and more.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger mark

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India – Times of India

Tiger spotted in Marathwada after over four decades.

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A tiger has been spotted in the Marathwada region for the first time in more than four decades. The state forest department confirmed the presence of a young male tiger in Hingoli district of the region, who has travelled nearly 200km in five months so far while crossing huge tracts of farmland and even a swollen Painganga river. Tiger C1, who is more than 3 years old, is from the Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary in Pandharkawda of Yavatmal district .

Commentary

After a period of 40 years, the last tiger was killed in 1972, a tiger was spotted in the area around Marathwada in Indian state of Maharashtra.

The authorities keep a close eye on the tiger, that has killed already many livestock in search of a new territory.

#tiger #tigernews

Tigress Avni Dead

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India – The Indian Express

Tigress Avni’s killing: A year later, activists to hold prayer meets, Pandharkawda to felicitate shooters.

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The Tigress T-1 was shot dead following an order by then Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF, Wildlife) A K Mishra after she was confirmed to have killed at least five people in Pandharkawda area of Yavatmal district in the previous two years.

Tiger lovers plan to hold prayer meetings across the country on Saturday in the memory of tigress T1, popularly known as Avni, who was shot dead on November 2 last year.

Shoot at sight orders were issued against Avni by then Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) A K Mishra after it came to light that the tigress was responsible for at least five of the 13 human deaths reported in Yavatmal district’s Pandharkawda are since 2016.

Commentary

The Avni killer provokes tiger advocates with a visit to the town where Avni allegedly killed her victims.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger facts

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India – Boom Live

Tigers On The Prowl In Madhya Pradesh? Old Images Recycled To Create A Scare.

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A set of several unrelated images of a tiger and a leopard on the prowl are viral on social media with false claims that the animals were spotted near the national park area of Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh.

The posts feature images of a tiger crossing the road at night and another where a tiger can be seen devouring a cow. Another image is of a leopard photographed from a nearby tree, sitting amidst motorbikes lying on the ground. In the next image, men can be seen taking shelter on a tree, possibly to save themselves from the leopard.

Commentary

Some people in India like to scare others and are spreading fake news about tiger and leopard attacks.

Such a shame.

#tiger #tigernews

Vegetation tiger

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USA – Weather.com

Tiger Numbers Fine, but Vegetation Declining in Tiger Reserves: Study.

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A new study has warned that all may not be well with tiger reserves in the country. It has found that while the reserves are good at protecting animals, the vegetation conditions within are far from satisfactory. The study, which used open-source satellite data, has reported drastic decline in vegetation, with extensive drying of forests inside tiger reserves, thus raising question marks on their long-term viability.

Governments declare reserved forests as national parks or wildlife sanctuaries with focus on one or the other top animal species such as tigers, lions or elephants, on the assumption that protecting the flagship species would indirectly help protect the ecosystem as a whole. They invest heavily in resources and financial support to manage protected areas. Tiger reserves particularly get extra attention.

Commentary

Alarming report on the vegetation of the Indian forests shows that the health of the forests (the vegetation) is getting worse.

An important indicator that India needs a change of policy!

#tiger #tigernews

Maharashtra tiger

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India – The Tribune

More tigers die in Maharashtra even as their population doubled.

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Touted as a success story in tiger conservation after the population of the big cat doubled in Maharashtra between 2010 and 2019, the state has seen a big spike in their deaths over the past few years.

According to information available from the National Tiger Conservation Authority sourced by the Maharashtra forest department, Maharashtra lost 14 tigers in the whole of 2017 and 20 in 2018. 

The death toll of the feline in the nine months of this year is already 17, according to sources. Officials say, most of the deaths are caused by natural causes. Around five of the tiger deaths this year have been caused by poaching, say officials. 

“The number of tigers dying in accidents is also increasing as a number of infrastructure projects are being taken up near the tiger reserves,” says a forest department official.

 

Commentary

Despite doubling its number of tigers Indian state Maharashtra witnessed an increase in tiger deaths.

More poaching, electrocuting by farmers (also poaching) and more and more infrastructural projects near the tiger reserves are the main causes.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger stress

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India – Quartz

What’s stressing out tigers in India’s central reserves? Tourists.

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Ever wondered how tigers feel in response to hordes of vehicles ferrying tourists eager for the thrill of a perfect close-up encounter?

Now, a study examining stress hormones in tiger scat collected from two popular central Indian tiger reserves has revealed that these iconic carnivores suffer from high levels of physiological stress due to wildlife tourism and a large number of vehicles entering the parks.

Commentary

Research shows that tigers get significantly higher stress levels from tourists.

This has a negative effect on growth, reproductive success, immunity, and it causes muscular atrophy.

The NTCA, the Indian tiger authority and the forest departments of all 50 tiger reserves in India have work to do!

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger numbers India

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USA – Nature

India’s tigers seem to be a massive success story — many scientists aren’t sure.

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The Maruti Gypsy 44 sped along a jungle track, jolting us out of our seats. We had signed up for a wolf safari, but the trip leader had another quarry in mind. The vehicle barrelled towards a pungent smell on a hillside — a fresh tiger kill.

The forest guide spoke to one of his colleagues in a different vehicle and then barked at our driver to rush towards a nearby meadow. A tigress and four cubs are at a watering hole just beyond our sights, he said.

Commentary

Tiger numbers are going up in India. But behind this apparent success is a mist of intransparency and a cloud of tangible problems.

This excellent article reveals the doubts on the current policy of Indian tiger conservation and offers a good insight on what needs to be done to improve.

#tiger #tigernews

Vietnam tiger

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India – The Policy Times

A Rendezvous on Asia’s Next Tiger – Vietnam.

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Q) The first step of building connect is awareness. But unlike Thailand or Indonesia where historical links helped build awareness, India does not have any historical links with Vietnam. How does one make Indians aware of Vietnam without the benefit of historical links?

A) India does have a historical link with Vietnam. But while most Indians are aware of their historical connect with Thailand, Cambodia or Bali, thanks to Ashoka’s Buddhism outreach or the linkages created by India’s Pallava, Chola, and Kalinga kingdoms, not many are aware of India’s history with Vietnam. The Champa kingdom, which started in southern Vietnam during the 4th century AD, was influenced by Hinduism. This kingdom flourished for over 1,000 years, a significant period when one looks at the average tenure of kingdoms in the medieval era.

Commentary

Countries that are fast growing in economic values are often called ‘tigers’.

Now Vietnam is being called a tiger and in this interview with Sourajit Aiyer, Consultant-South Asia Fast Track & author of Bay of Bengal, he explains the underlying elements.

But as we all know: tigers have vanished from Vietnam because the government refused to take necessary action.

Why trust Vietnam now as an investor?

#tiger #tigernews

Stressed tiger

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India – Mongabay

Tigers highly stressed during the tourist season in central Indian reserves.

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Ever wondered how tigers feel in response to hordes of vehicles ferrying tourists eager for the thrill of a perfect close-up encounter?

Now, a study examining stress hormones in tiger scat collected from two popular central Indian tiger reserves has revealed that these iconic carnivores suffer from high levels of physiological stress due to wildlife tourism and a large number of vehicles entering the parks.

Commentary

Survey shows: tigers get stressed from tourists.

The result of this stress is that the chances on reproduction decreases,

#tiger #tigernews