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Indian Supreme Court slams Rajasthan Govt over illegal mining.

The central empowered committee of the Supreme Court has asked the Rajasthan government to immediately stop mining activities allowed around Sariska in “blatant violation” of the court’s orders and name the officers responsible so that “appropriate action” can be taken against them. The decision to allow mining activities within one kilometre of the Sariska tiger reserve and Jamua Ramgarh sanctuary was taken at a meeting chaired by then acting chief secretary of Rajasthan C S Rajan on December 4, three days after the Assembly polls. “I do not recall that file. I can’t comment as I am not privy to the developments in this issue since last year,” Rajan told The Indian Express. Follow link below for the report in The Indian Express.

Poacher menace shadow on tiger conservation

There’s bad news for lovers of the majestic tiger, India’s national animal: Poachers are staying ahead of efforts to save the big cats.  An analysis of 40 years of data shows that poachers, who kill the tiger for its skin and body parts, are moving to less-protected tiger habitats in south and central India, using trains to smuggle their booty out.

This could explain why 2013 was a bad year for tiger protection, with 43 killings, and why officials say the period since 2009 has been worrying. Things had been going fairly well until then; in fact, tiger poaching incidents have still more than halved in the 2004-2013 decade from the previous one, to 326 killings. Follow link below to read the report in The Hindustan Times

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 dispatched to a taxidermist then stuffed and displayed for visitors to see once she has died.   I have prepared a petition requesting the authorities 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 and in accordance with rules laid down by the NTCA.  Please sign this petition that already contains almost 3,000 signatures and encourage others to do the same.  Thank you. Michael 

Tigers recorded in Thailand's Salakpra wildlife sanctuary for the first time

Conservationists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have for the first time captured images of a tiger in Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand, officially confirming the presence of these cats in the Sanctuary.   Covering 868km squared, Salakpra is part of the Western Forest Conservation Complex (WEFCOM), a priority tiger area located close to the Myanmar border. Although tigers have been known to live and breed in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in the northern part of WEFCOM, no tiger has been recorded as far south as Salakpra until now. The two sanctuaries are connected through the Srisawat Forest Corridor, which ZLS say could be an important area for tigers providing that the right protection is in place.  Please follow the link below to Wildlife Extra for more information.

Tiger count in the Sunderbans reaches carrying capacity

The Sunderbans tiger population may have reached its carrying capacity. The scientists of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), who are compiling data as part of the all-India tiger census, have revealed this.
The carrying capacity of a population is the maximum number of individuals that can live in a population stably. This, the scientists said, can be a cause of concern especially if movement corridors are disrupted, as this would lead to over-crowding of tigers who would be compelled to enter human habitation triggering conflict.  See link below to read the story in The Times of India.

The critically endangered Malaysian tiger down to the last 250

A new study finds that only 250 of the big cats survive, as poachers have nearly exterminated the animal to feed Chinese demand.  Malaysia's tigers have all but disappeared, and poachers from nearby countries have pushed them to the brink of extinction, according to a new report. A four-year study of the country's big cats—the first scientific count ever conducted—discovered far fewer tigers than previously estimated, reporting as few as 250 left in the wild. Previous estimates had the country's tiger population between 500 and 1,500. See link below to read this sad report

Tigress dies at Pench Tiger reserve

Tigress dies in Madhya Pradesh after radio-collar infection.  T4, the tigress raised in captivity and known for being part of a successful path-breaking breeding experiment of a translocated tigress, died of an infection caused by its radio-collar at Panna Tiger Reserve, officials said on Friday.  The hand-reared tigress was found dead by the forest officials after they detected mortality signal — signal emitted by the radio-collar when animals are inactive for a long period — from T4 at 6.45pm on Thursday, said officials at the Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR).

Tiger poaching cases shifted to a higher Indian court

In a surprise move, the two sensitive tiger poaching cases being heard by judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) DS Parwani were on Thursday shifted to the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM). Though immediate reason to shift the cases to a higher court was not known, legal experts say the JMFC has power to sentence poachers for three years but the CJM can sentence them to seven years if found guilty under the Wildlife Protection Act. According to sources, Parwani himself on September 4, through a letter requested principal district and sessions judge KK Sonawane to shift the cases. Accordingly, the two tiger poaching cases in which at least 30 organized poachers and their harbourers were arrested, have been now shifted to the court of AC Raut, chief judicial magistrate (CJM). The CJM will hear the matter on September 17. See link below to the report in The Times of India.

An alarming dip in tiger numbers

A day after TOI reported about wildlife wing not supplying data under RTI Act about tiger numbers in the state sanctuaries and national parks, the reason for reluctance on part of officials became clear. Information supplied to another RTI activist Abhay Kolarkar on Friday is a wake up call for Melghat, Navegaon-Nagzira and Bor tiger reserves where tiger numbers seem to have plummeted.  Eight years ago, forest department figures claimed to have 76 tigers in Melghat. In 2013, it is down by more than half. TOI has already reported the latest (2014) estimation figures that show Tadoba tiger numbers rising by 10 to 60 and Pench going up by 4 to 23. In 2013, as per RTI, there were 50 tigers in Tadoba and 19 in Pench-Mansinghdeo. In Sahyadri tiger reserve in Western Maharashtra, there were 21 tigers in 2010. Alarmingly, in 2013 only five have been recorded. See link below to read the report in The Times of India

Stung by the Supreme Court the Indian Government will reconstitute the National Board of Wildlife

Stung by Supreme Court's criticism for prima facie violating the law in constituting the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL), the NDA Government has decided to reconstitute the board with full civil society members and sources said, "it would be done within this week itself".  Prime minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government in July 2014 had constituted NBWL and nominated only one NGO -- Gujarat Ecological Education and Research Foundation -- and two experts – Professor Raman Sukumar and Dr HS Singh -- against the required number of five NGOs and ten eminent conservationists, ecologists and environmentalists. The government also appointed only five states against the requirement of one representative each from 10 states and union territories. See link below to read the story in DNA.