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Problematic tiger shot dead ahead of elections

Police sharp shooters shot dead a problematic sub-adult (less than 3-year old) tiger in Chichpalli range of FDCM with AK47 rifles on Tuesday. Conservationists say the shooting was ordered by the state forest chief under political pressure with both, the Congress and BJP, trying to 'make a killing' ahead of state assembly elections in October.  The killing brought some relief to the people of Pombhurna village and its surroundings where seven people had been mauled to death by tigers in six months. But there are doubts if the right tiger was shot.  See link below to read the story in The Times of India.

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Tigress released back into the wild after treatment

In a first, the foresters of Sunderbans have released a tigress, that had undergone treatment in captivity for a year-and-a-half, in the wild with a collar on its neck.  While there was controversy earlier over the release of tigers in the mangroves without collars, the department this time took no chance and decided to monitor its movements through a hi-tech collar. The state's chief wildlife warden will be able to monitor the animal sitting in his chamber at Bikash Bhawan in Salt Lake. Earlier in 2009, five tigers in the Sunderbans were radio-collared for the estimation of the big cats' number in the mangroves.  See link below to read the report in The Times of India.

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Machali give her the respect and dignity she deserves

Machali give her the respect and dignity she deserves

There is a proposal sent for approval to the National Tiger Conservation Authority in India for Ranthambhore's well known tigress 'Machali' to be stuffed and displayed for visitors to see upon her demise. I have prepared a petition requesting the authority to disallow this course of action. In my opinion when the sad time comes and this wonderful old tigress passes away she should be cremated with the respect and dignity that she well deserves. Please sign this petition and encourage others to do the same.

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Women throw ring around tigers at Dudhwa tiger reserve

The tigers of Dudhwa reserve are under the vigil of women this monsoon. Every day, 24 women home guards cover a distance of 8-12 km on foot to protect the tiger terrain from poachers.  Their tip-off helped the reserve authorities nab six poachers who were caught with spears and traps.  See link below to read the story in The Times of India.

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Political pressure to shoot tiger.

Amid pressure from villagers who have been instigated by BJP legislators Shobha Fadnavis and Sudhir Mungantiwar, the Chandrapur chief conservator of forest (CCF) Sanjay Thakre has sought permission to shoot the problem tiger of Pombhurna tehsil.  The sub-adult tiger has mauled to death six villagers and injured an equal number in the last six months (from February 17 to July 25). Of those killed, four were attacked in Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) area. Almost all the deaths have occurred after villagers ventured deep into the forest for illicit felling. Thakre wrote to chief wildlife warden Sarjan Bhagat on August 4 seeking permission to shoot the tiger.  See link below to read the report in The Times of India.

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Released on bail tiger poachers never reappear in court

Even as endangered species like tigers are bring poached to extinction, those involved are being freed one by one on bail, only to get into the same business again.  Last month, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court granted bail to two Baheliya poachers, Yarlen and Barsul. Before that, tiger skin trader Naresh Lala from Delhi was also released on bail.  Now, all three have filed an application before the court to be exempted from appearance at hearings due to health reasons.  See link below to read this sad report in The Times of India.

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Drones to monitor at 10 wildlife sites in India.

In what could be a major boost to technologically-empowered wildlife surveillance and research in India, plans are afoot to introduce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones in 10 biodiversity-rich sites across India by January 2015. Following successful pilot runs in Madhya Pradesh's Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) earlier this year, use of drones has brought into the spotlight the importance of technology in wildlife management and conservation. See link below to read the report in The Times of India.

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The progeny of Machali continues and increases at Sariska

The lineage of Machli, the most photographed tigress of the world, continues not just in Ranthambore, but in Sariska too. Credited with increasing the tiger population in Ranthambore through her several litters, her daughter, ST-2, is now carrying the task in Sariska Tiger Reserve. Already a mother of two daughters, ST-2 has littered once again and the newborns were spotted on Saturday.With this, the tiger population in Sariska — where the majestic cats were once wiped out by poachers — has reached 11, much to the joy of wildlife lovers. See link below to read the story in The Times of india.

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27 tigers in India's Tadoba-Nagzira corridor

Most of the conservation effort in tiger range countries is concentrated on a few, relatively large protected areas (PAs) but it is high time governments focused on forests outside the PA network, especially in Central India. "India supports largest proportion of the global wild tiger population but has less than 7% of global tiger habitat, most of which is fragmented. Tigers once occupied over 90% of Indian subcontinent but within the last century their range has been estimated to have reduced by nearly 76%," says a study conducted by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) on 'Assessing tiger distribution and the factors influencing tiger occupancy in Tadoba-Nagzira corridor 2014'.  See the link below to read the report in The Times of India.

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Tiger poacher's bail plea rejected

Even as order on bail application filed by international tiger skin and body parts trader Suraj Pal alias Chacha will be issued by a local court on Monday, an Amravati district court has already rejected Pal's bail application three days ago on an identical application filed by the accused. This is the second time an Amravati court has rejected Pal's application considering tiger poaching as a serious issue. See link below to read the report in The Times of India.

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