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A lurking threat to tigers and leopards

In view of the escalating man-animal conflict involving tigers around Bandipur-Nagarahole belt, the authorities are wondering if the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), which spreads from dogs and can be deadly for big cats, has been affecting wildlife. The virus is contagious and has no cure once it affects tigers or leopards, though the dogs have chances of survival. The afflicted wild animal gets disoriented, loses fear of human beings and tends to lurk closer to human habitation. This leads to the cats not only being sighted more often on the forest fringes, but it also makes them susceptible to poaching.

Tigers left out to dry as river is dammed

The Ken River in the tiger reserve of Panna - home to more than 32 tigers, a crocodile sanctuary, seven endangered species of vulture and 10 tribal villages - flows freely in rainier periods, but has been reduced to isolated pools of water.  The area is set to lose what water it has, however, as the national government pushes ahead with plans to dam the river and divert 660 million cubic litres of water per year to the Betwa River in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh.  Please follow the link below to read the report in News 24.

Budget cut threatens tigers and other wildlife in India.

The security of 44 tigers in the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) is at stake, as there is a cut in the budget allocation for the reserve under the National Tiger Conservation Authority, and a reduction also in state government funding. There is likelihood that about 150 contract workers engaged in guarding the reserve will be told to go.  Kailash Prakash, DFO, PTR, told TOI, "There is a significant decrease of 27% in the budget allocated to tiger reserves from the NTCA. We will be forced to fire some men for lack of funds." Besides tigers, the PTR is home to other endangered species like pangolins, forest owl, Bengal bustard, the four-horned antelope, swamp francolin, honey badger and other species.  Please follow link below to read the report in The Times of India.

Tiger captured and shifted 300k to Panna

Wildlife activist Ajay Dubey on Friday alleged that the translocation of the tiger that was captured in Bhopal on Friday to the Panna tiger reserve, where a tigress was recently found to be infected with canine distemper virus (CDV), was in violation of guidelines. He said the way the state wildlife department hurriedly shifted the tiger that had been tranquilised and injured after falling from the roof was a clear violation of the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for shifting of wild cats. The tiger was transported from Bhopal at 7 pm on Thursday and reached Panna on Friday morning, he added. See link below to read the report in the Hindustan Times.

An old age home for tigers

When young, tigers rule the forest. But that day is not far, when they would also need an old-age home! And now if things fall in place, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) may soon earmark specific areas to develop ‘homes’ for the old and injured tigers. Even though these spots will be outside the core tiger reserve arena, they will be part of the tiger safaris. The objective is to not only provide care to the ageing tigers but also to reduce pressure on the core tiger habitats by restricting the visitors to these buffer areas. This way, the visitors will get a chance to spot the tigers easily at the safaris, without hampering the core reserve area. Please see link below to read the story in the Indian Express.

Kaziranga, Orang may fill Buxa's tiger void

Buxa may regain its stripes soon.  The north Bengal tiger reserve, which has never had a steady tiger population and has never reported a sighting in more than a decade, may become a home for dispersing and surplus tigers from Assam's Kaziranga and Orang national parks. The Kaziranga landscape, that's connected to Karbi-Anglong in south, Nameri in north and Orang on west, holds about 163 tigers. The recent tiger census, based on scat-sample analysis, found only three tigers in the entire north Bengal. Please see link below to read the report in The Times of India.

Conservationists tear into Rajasthan Government over Ustad

Conservationists tear into Rajasthan Government over Ustad

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has pulled up the Rajasthan government for secretly shifting the Ranthambhore tiger, T24, to a zoo in Udaipur against legal provisions, established norms and standard operating procedure (SOP). It was done without keeping the NTCA in the loop. T-24, popularly known as Ustaad, was translocated to Sajjangarh Zoological Park, almost 460 km from its territory, and put in an enclosure after it allegedly killed forest guard Rampal on May 8. The move was vehemently opposed by wildlife experts and conservationists. In view of the NTCA report recently submitted to the state government, experts and conservationists, including Rajasthan’s former principal chief conservator of forests RN Mehrotra, have demanded a “re-wilding” of the big cat. See link below to read the report in The Daily Mail.

Madhya Pradesh politicians show little to no interest in saving the tiger

MP wildlife board, ignoring strong protests from some members on Tuesday cleared NDA government's ambitious Ken-Betwa rivers link project.   Scheduled to kick start from December this year, the project is now being referred to national wildlife board for final clearance.  River link project will come up at Panna national park where the best of tiger habitat is going to be submerged, something that is making wildlife experts apprehensive.   As chairman of the board, when chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that board is clearing the project, wildlife expert and former secretary of forest department Ranjeet Singh protested. He said the decision was being forced upon the board stating board is not a "project clearance" agency.

Poachers kill collared tiger to extract fat oil for homemade 'Tiger Balm'

Madhya Pradesh poachers find a suitable alternative for world famous pain healer 'Tiger balm'.   Poachers killed a radio-collared tiger of Satpura Tiger Reserve (STR) and extracted oil from its fat for using it as a remedy for aches and erectile dysfunction, said sources.   In a joint operation, the officers of Special task force (STF) of state's forest department and Satpura Tiger Reserve (STR) have confiscated two bottles of suspected 'Tiger's fat oil' from the poaching network linked to an international gang.  See link below to read the story in The Times of India.

Tiger count rising in the Indian State of Uttarakhand

The shrinking of space for tigers can also lead to rise in territorial struggle among them and also in incidents of man-animal conflict in the state. Tiger biologist Dr YV Jhala said that Uttarakhand’s carrying capacity for tigers has reached the optimum level. The state, at the most, can accommodate 100 more tigers. He said the tiger population was thriving in the Corbett National Park. Please follow the link below to read the report in The Tribune