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Tiger State Madhya Pradesh lost 290 tigers in 19 years

Tiger State Madhya Pradesh lost 290 tigers in 19 years

MADHYA Pradesh has lost 290 tigers over the last 19 years but the Central Indian State still has more than 675 tigers, including 125 cubs, in the designated reserves and in the wild, a top Forest Department official said on Monday. Claiming that the population of tigers has actually “gone up”, he said Madhya Pradesh will continue to remain the “tiger State of India”. The official said only five per cent of the deaths of big cats had occurred due to poaching or in man-an ...

Two small male tiger cubs were rescued at Mudumalai tiger Reserve

Two small male tiger cubs were rescued at Mudumalai tiger Reserve

K.K. Kaushal, Field Director of MTR, said the carcass of the tigress was found on Friday evening by Forest Department staff. As it was nearing dusk, a decision was taken to conduct a post-mortem on the carcass on Saturday. “When we reached the spot on Saturday, we heard the cries of two tiger cubs near the carcass,” said Mr. Kaushal. Following this development, the focus quickly shifted to ensuring the survival of the two cubs, who were males.  The forest department hopes to r ...

Maharashtra male tiger now captured

Maharashtra male tiger now captured

The Maharashtra forest department on Tuesday captured an elusive male tiger, aged about five to six years, near Sindhi village in Rajura forest at Central Chanda, Chandrapur. The tiger, RT1, is suspected to have killed eight people and injured three others since January 2019.  RT1 had evaded all the capture efforts since February this year, when the chief wildlife warden had issued orders to capture the wild cat.  Activists, however, had written to the state government on Monday requ ...

Coal highway in Sumatra destroying valuable wildlife habitat

Coal highway in Sumatra destroying valuable wildlife habitat

Coal highway through Sumatran forest threatens wildlife and people.  Sun >bears, black with bright yellow patches on their chests, are among hundreds of vulnerable species threatened by the plans of Indonesian mining companies to build a highway through the forest in Jambi and South Sumatra provinces. >Other species threatened by the road include elephants and Sumatran tigers, both of which the IUCN has listed as critically endangered. Only around 400 Sumatran tigers are t ...

Maharashtra male tiger still avoiding capture

Maharashtra male tiger still avoiding capture

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) authorities have issued an advisory to Maharashtra chief wildlife warden (CWLW) to ensure the forest department’s employees’ safety following allegations by activists that the staff was being used as bait to trap an elusive male tiger (RT1).  HT had reported on October 18 that forest staff members have been stationed inside two camouflaged cages that are located 40 metres away from the main trapping area with a calf as bait sinc ...

Another problem tiger in Maharashtra faces capture.

Another problem tiger in Maharashtra faces capture.

The “problem” tiger of Rajura in Chandrapur district seems to have claimed its eighth victim on Monday, raising urgency over the need to catch it. Forest officials said the tiger, named RT1, killed a senior citizen from Khambada village in Rajura tehsil.  This tiger has attacked 11 people so far, leading to eight deaths and three injuries. This is the highest number of human casualties caused by any tiger in Maharashtra.  The previous record was of five deaths c ...

Tigers and other wildlife using busy road underpasses

Tigers and other wildlife using busy road underpasses

Scientists from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Dehradun who conducted a two-year study have found that 18 wildlife species are using special underpasses on National Highway-44 which passes through the Pench Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra.  As part of a study on, “Ecological Impact Assessment of Existing and Proposed Road Infrastructure on Important Wildlife Corridors in India for Strategic Planning of Smart Green Infrastructure,” three sites were studied in India. These inclu ...

Study group to be set up due to solve human/tiger problems at Chandrapur

Study group to be set up due to solve human/tiger problems at Chandrapur

Taking cognisance of the rising human-tiger conflict in Chandrapur, the Maharashtra government has set up an 11-member committee to look into options for conservation, relocation of tigers, and suggest measures to reduce conflict.  “Since Chandrapur has the highest number of tigers in the state, the number of conflict cases has increased. As directed by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, this committee will assess different aspects associated with this conflict such as suspected probl ...

Uttarakhand forest dept. to radio collar animals for study

Uttarakhand forest dept. to radio collar animals for study

Forest department authorities have initiated the process to put radio collars on five tigers, 10 elephants and 15 leopards in the hill state in a bid to study the animals’ movements and behaviorial pattern and also prevent the growing man-animal conflict. More on this interesting project by following the link below. https://bit.ly/3ndrNN7 ...