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Tiger deaths rise steeply in India

In the last eight months at least 49 tigers were killed and eight tiger skins were seized against 68 last year. Wildlife experts said that poaching has increased due to lack of surveillance in AP and Telangana post split. Last January 23 a tiger was poached in the Telangana NSTR. Police arrested the culprit and are in the process of filing the charge sheet. In August 23 two tiger skins were seized in the AP  NSTR. Please follow the link below to read the report in the Deccan Chronicl ...

Tiger tracking system soon to launched to combat poaching

The Management Information System (MIS) based tiger tracking system will enable real-time exchange of information and data between officials of the tiger reserves in case there are incidents of seizures, poaching and other wildlife crimes. Please follow link below to read the report in The Business Standard. http://bit.ly/1C11tJe ...

Tigress released back into the wild after treatment

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 ...

Political pressure to shoot tiger.

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 In ...

Released on bail tiger poachers never reappear in court

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. http://bit.ly/1qN9Wsh ...

Tiger count rises in Dudwa.

The last census, held in 2010, had indicated about 80 tigers in the core area of the reserve — which includes the Kishenpur Wildlife Sanctuary and parts of the Dudhwa National Park. As many as 112 tigers were counted last time in the entire range that included Katarniaghat, Kishenpur, Pilibhit, North and South Kheri along with the core area of Dudhwa.  http://bit.ly/1m4qvQt ...

Tigers thrown off of truck during police chase in Central Vietnam

Police in the north-central province of Nghe An on Friday handed over two Indochinese tigers, which were thrown off a truck on a national highway during a police chase, to a wildlife rescue center. At around 8:30 p.m. traffic police signaled to stop the truck on the National Highway 1A’s section through Quynh Luu District for inspection as they found it “suspicious.” A team of police officers chased after the truck. The officers picked up the two animals, which wer ...

Machali

Machali

I took this photograph of Ranthambhore's well known tigress, 'Machali', during my visit to the tiger reserve in April 2014. This famous tigress is approaching her seventeenth birthday!  Quite an achievement for a tiger living in the wild!  Up until recently an exception had been made for Machali to receive food supplimented to her occasional ungulate kills. However, I am told that this practice is now to be halted due to a recent court order.  It is not for me to arg ...