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Salman Khan, Katrina unveil Bina Kak’s book on tigers

In an event that had big names from Bollywood and wildlife conservation seated together, actors Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif launched Silent Sentinels of Ranthambhore — a photo-book by politician and former tourism minister of Rajasthan Bina Kak. The event was held at Hotel Taj Lands.Kak, who is known for her love for tigers and boosting the tourism and conservation initiative at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve said that it was while visiting Ranthambore she got addicted to photography and soon what started out as a hobby became a passion.”Filmmaker Mike Pandey guided me, right from which equipment to buy to using the right frames. Soon, I got attached to photographing tigers and the forest, and in no time, thanks to some of the most knowledgeable drivers and forest officers, I knew of every tiger and even their family tree,” she said.In fact, she revealed that it during treatment and chemotherapy for breast cancer that she began editing the photographs. “Going through the photos of the forest and thinking about the tigers kept me connected with life. And now, here I am with this book which I dedicate to my grandchildren Kabir and Jawahar, hoping they along with everyone else co-exist peacefully with nature,” said Kak.

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Tiger found dead in Umaria forests, electrocution by poachers suspected

The carcass of a tiger was found today in the Ghunghuti area of the district with forest officials suspecting the role of poachers in the death.Forest Department’s Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Rahul Mishra said, “The body of a tiger, apparently an adult, was found at the foothills of a hillock under Kachnar beat of Ghumghuti forest range. The condition of the carcass suggests the tiger was killed two-three days ago.”He said that while the carcass had been secured, forest rules forbade anyone to touch it till the dog squad arrived, in this case from Jabalpur, to help in investigations.”Therefore it is difficult to tell whether the carcass is of a tiger or a tigress. We suspect the tiger fell victim to a live electric trap laid by poachers,” Mishra said.This is the second suspicious death of a tiger in the last few days in the Ghunghuti range which serves as the buffer zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.On December 3, the carcass of a tiger, aged around four years, was found at Arjuni beat (Dhauri) under Ghunghuti range.That tiger was also a victim of a live electric trap laid by poachers, officials said.

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UP to set up first Tiger Reserve Centre in Pilibhit

Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to set up state’s first Tiger Rescue Centre at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve to check growing number of incidence between the majestic predator and mankind.Forest department officials claimed that as many as half a dozen people were mauled by tiger and leopard in the past one year in Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri and Behraich districts of Uttar Pradesh. About a dozen cases of wild beast attack on villagers were reported in the last four months alone.Spread in an area of 703 kms in three districts, one of the major problems in areas falling under Pilibhit Tiger Reserve is that there are narrow patches which are only 3 to 5 kms in width. “These narrow patches provide easy access and route to leopards and tigers to enter the human habitat in search of food,” said SK Updhyaya, Chief Wildlife Conservator.The forest department officials have noticed that villages falling under the close vicinity of these low-width narrow patches are more prone to wild beast attack than others. “Majority of attacks took place in these villages in the area,” said Updhyaya.A fear psychosis has prevailed among villagers following spurt in incidence of predator attacks. “We have stopped sleeping outside fearing attack by wild animals. After sunset, no one goes out. Despite complaints, the forest department has done nothing to protect our lives,” said Lakhvinder.The Chief Wildlife Conservator said that the work on solar fencing in an area of about 100 kms has already begin but it will not be that effective since the beast can jump over the fence easily and, moreover, solar fencing will not be effective at night when they chose to enter human habitat.”Taking into account the uneven geographical boundaries of the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Tiger Rescue Centre is the only effective solution to check predators entering human population,” claimed the Chief Wildlife Conservator.The state government has already sanctioned Rs 3.5 crore to start work on setting up the Tiger Rescue Centre at the earliest in an area of 10 hectares. It has also sought permission from the Supreme Court and the Central Zoo Authority to develop a Tiger Safari in order to minimize incidents of tiger attacks.The Tiger Rescue Centre will have all facilities to keep 15-20 tigers at a time. It will have team of wildlife experts, a panel of doctors, guards armed with tranqualizing guns, a mini hospital, rest houses, canteen, sheds for keeping tigers etc.”The main aim of this Rescue Centre would be to catch tigers and leopards before they enter villages and keep them at the centre for rehabilitation before setting them free in Tiger Reserve again,” said Updhyaya.There were about 28 tigers in the forest when Pilibhit Tiger Reserve came into existence in 2008. Now the number has increased to well over 50. “We can increase their population further once the Rescue Centre is set up,” claimed the Chief Wildlife Conservator.

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Tiger killed by carnivore in buffer zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In more bad news for tigers and animal lovers in Maharashtra, the state lost yet another tiger. The big cat was killed by another carnivore in the buffer zone of the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. (TATR).This has taken the number of tiger mortalities in Maharashtra this year to 15, which is at par with the highest toll recorded.State forest department officials said that forest department staff, who were visiting the Janala village in Chandrapur after a farmer’s cow was killed by a tiger, had chanced upon the carcass of the slain big cat on Wednesday. “The tiger may have been killed in a fight with another tiger. The slain tiger was aged around one-and-half years,” said an official. The tail and a rear leg of the killed tiger was severed from his body during the fight and some part of the body was also eaten by wild animals making it difficult to identify the gender. “The other tiger too may have been injured badly in the fight as we heard it cry out in pain at a distance,” the official added. In 2016, India lost 98 tigers–the highest since 2010 and this year, the toll stands at 79.In 2016, Maharashtra accounted for 15 mortalities–the highest so far. In 2015, Maharashtra’s tiger deaths stood at 12, up from seven in 2014 and 10 in 2013. Tiger mortalities were 13 in 2012 and four each in 2011 and 2010. As on November 17 this year, the tiger deaths in Maharashtra are 15. Since November 4, 2016, a total of six tigers have been electrocuted in the state. This includes Srinivas, the son of Maharashtra’s iconic tiger Jai, who was electrocuted to death in the Nagbhid range in April. Maharashtra has six tiger reserves, namely Tadoba Andhari, Pench, Bor, Sahyadri, Melghat and Navegaon Nagzira. According to the tiger census, results for which were released in 2014, India has 2,226 tigers, up from 1,706 in 2010. The state has around 190 such big cats, more than the figure of 169 in 2010.

Man versus wild: Centre for wildlife studies stresses the need to strengthen human-wildlife conflict management

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>71% of 5,196 households across the country that border wildlife reserves lost crops, while another 17% lost livestock, a recently released report has revealed. The report also added that 3% of human injuries, including death were reported in these areas, highlighting the need to strengthen the human-wildlife conflict management across India.The study examined patterns of human-wildlife conflict and mitigation used by these households between 2011 and 2014 from 2855 villages across four Indian states—Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. It stated that a total of 71% of the 5,196 households reported experiencing some conflict with wildlife, ranging from 58% in Nagarahole to 84 percent in Kanha.“Resolving human-wildlife conflict requires revisiting the goals of conservation policies and investments by people and organizations. People may be better served by deploying early warning systems, compensation and insurance programs rather than by focusing heavily on mitigation.” said Dr. Krithi Karanth, conservation scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) who is one of the authours for the study along with Sahila Kudalkar, research associate with the Centre for Wildlife Studies.The surveys conducted by the team found that the around 12 different mitigation techniques were employed to protect crops, livestock and property, which included night-time watch, scare devices, and fencing by rural families in the periphery of reserves.Interestingly the report pointed out that the tribes such as the Gonds around Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, where 187 families were surveyed considered the forests sacred and thought of carnivores taking away livestocks as their offerings to the forest thus not employing any mitigation measures.Meanwhile across wildlife reserves, people reported average crop losses amounting to Rs 12,559 annually, which constitute a significant chunk of India’s rural economy, where the majority of the population earns less than Rupees 5000 per month.As per researchers the way ahead was identification of effective prevention techniques, strengthening existing compensation schemes, and an open inclusive dialogue between local communities, governments, and conservationists suggesting that failure to do so will only increase hostility and retaliation against wildlife.“32 different species were reported in conflict incidents across the 11 wildlife reserves. While wild boar, nilgai, and elephant top the list that cause crop damage, leopard, tiger, and canids were the species reported for livestock depredation. Infact wild boar related incidents were the most widespread, with reports from 10 of the 11 sites, followed by nilgai and elephant reported from five sites each,” the report stated.

Injured tigress ‘T 70’ shifted to Bhopal’s Van Vihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An injured tigress ‘T 70’ was shifted to Bhopal’s Van Vihar yesterday, three days after it was rescued from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, a Forest official said today. Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve field director Mridul Pathak said the three-year-old feline was shifted to Van Vihar to ensure a better treatment for its injuries. The feline was captured on a camera about a week back and a forest patrolling team later spotted it at Khitoli range of the park on June 26. The big cat was tranquilised and doctors, including two from Bhopal’s Van Vihar, were called in from other stations for treating it. The doctors later suggested a long-term treatment, saying the wound on T 70’s neck was deep and that its condition is critical. “So, it was decided to shift the tigress to Bhopal, given the treatment facilities available in Van Vihar,” Pathak added. It seems the big cat suffered injuries either after being trapped in a net or due to a chain fencing put up by the owners of resorts in the area.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Residents seek protection for cattle from tiger attacks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: Residents of Binapuram tribal settlement in Thalawady forest area in Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve have sought protection for their cattle after a bull was killed by a tiger, the second such instance in the past 10 days. According to Forest department officials, Saravanan, a farmer was rearing nine cows and bulls at Binapuram tribal settlement yesterday when the tiger attacked the animals, killing one while the rest raised an alarm and ran away. A group of villagers, after hearing the noise of the cattle, rushed to the spot and managed to scare the tiger away. The farmer informed the Thalawady forest officials, who rushed to spot and examined the dead cow and noticed footprints of the tiger. The villagers told the Forest officials that this was the second instance of a tiger killing bulls and a goat in the last 10 days and sought protection for the cattle.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Spotted! Four cubs at Ranthambhore tiger reserve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ranthambhore tiger reserve is fast becoming a nursery for tigers, with over a dozen tiger cubs, ranging from newborns to two-year-old cubs. On Friday morning, another set of cubs were seen in Semli area of the park, which has further increased the count of the big cats in Ranthambhore by four tigers. This is a rare occurrence and therefore an occasion for celebration for forest officials in Rajasthan. “During the morning drive today, tigress T-19 was seen with four cubs in the Semli – Berda region of the park. It was known for a long time that the tigress has delivered a litter, but we did not know the exact number of cubs. Few tourists in a canter sighted the feline and her cubs and reported it to the authorities,” said Sanjay Sharma, ACF – Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The officials are now getting the images of camera traps in the area. As of now, Ranthambhore is home to more than 60 tigers. The forest officials are already working out ways to sustain the cat population in the reserve which is far more than its capacity. With four more cubs added to the count, the wildlife department in Rajasthan has a task on its hands to ensure enough prey base for all the cats and keep them from hurting or isolating each other over territorial fights.

Another orphaned tiger cub dies of viral infection

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after two orphaned cubs died of a viral infection in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (BTR) in Madhya Pradesh, another cub succumbed to the infection this morning, a forest official said. “After the death of two cubs here on April 23, the third one had been shifted to a different place (within the BTR). But this four-month old cub could not be saved. All three cubs were infected with parvovirus,” BTR’s Field Director Mridul Pathak said. The three cubs were found on January 22 this year at Sarwahi village on the periphery of the Sanjay Gandhi Tiger Reserve in the state. The poachers had killed the mother of the cubs, the officials said. Later, the three cubs were shifted to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve to be put in foster care. Pathak said that BTR management tried its best to save the infected cubs. “This virus generally infects dogs. The doctors from other cities and tiger reserves have tried to save the cubs but they could not be saved,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MP govt to check crop damage around Bandhavgarh tiger reserve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madhya Pradesh government will take steps to check the damage caused by animals to farmers’ crops in the vicinity of Bandhavgarh tiger reserve in Umaria district. “State Agriculture Minister Gaurishankar Bisen has issued directives to the officials of his department to prepare a plan to check the crop damage. The plan would cost around Rs 20 crore,” a Public Relations department official said today. During the minister’s visit to Umaria last month, the farmers had complained to him about the damage caused to crops by the animals. “A detailed project report of the plan would be prepared jointly by three government departments, including agriculture, forest and revenue. Fences and nets would be erected to protect the crops of the farmers,” the official said. The Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in MP is spread across an area of 105 sq km.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jhalana forest will be country’s leading leopard park: Min

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jhalana Reserve Forest here will be developed into country’s leading leopard park, Rajasthan environment minister Gajendra Singh Khinvsar told the assembly today. He said Rs 7 crore has been proposed in the budget for leopard conservation. The minister said that Central Zoo Authority has permitted translocation of 400 spotted deer and 18 sambhar deer for development of Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) in Kota. He said that tiger translocation permission has also been granted by the Centre and the work will be completed by December this year. Following the debate, the House passed the grants of over Rs 814.11 crore through voice vote. Khinvsar also said that nature parks will be established in Banswara, Barmer, Jalore, Baran and Bhilwara districts. He said that a team of specialists will visit abroad for training in conservation for Wood Fossil Park in Jaisalmer. He said that villagers affected due to development of the sanctuary will be awarded better rehabilitation package. The minister also exempted small brick kiln projects from obtaining NOC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Soft toy tiger saves three orphaned cubs’ lives

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Out-of-box thinking on the part of forest officials and a large soft toy tiger has helped save the lives of three orphaned tiger cubs.After Tigress T1’s death on January 19 due to electrocution at Sanjay Dubri National Park, Madhya Pradesh, a hunt was launched to locate her cubs. The tiger cubs were rescued and brought to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve on January 22 in a critical state of dehydration and trauma. In a bid to improve the survival chances of the three 40-days-old orphaned tiger cubs, officials devised a unique method to feed the cubs: a tiger soft toy fitted with a hidden milk bottle and synthetic nipples to feed the baby tigers.“Initially, they were fed goat’s milk in bottles. But two cubs refused to drink from the bottles. We realised that it could be because they figured out that it’s not coming from their mother,” Mridul Pathak, Field Director, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, told DNA.Looking for an alternate solution, the officials hit upon a simple idea used in rural areas where people place a dummy calf next to a cow, who stops giving milk as she mourns the death of her calf.On January 31, a dummy mother in the form of a soft toy was brought in. The idea also served the purpose of reducing human handling of these cubs, who will be released into the wild after they grow up. “We created an artificial udder in the soft toy using feeding bottles. For sensory comfort, grass, stool and urine of the T1 tigress that had been brought from Sanjay Dubri, was rubbed on the toy,” informs Pathak.The cubs took a while to warm up to the dummy in their enclosure, but were soon suckling and jumping all over the dummy, as the familiar smells drew them in, said Pathak.The three cubs are currently housed in a room with artificial plants and mud from Sanjay Dubri, and efforts were also made by the forest department to ensure that the room resembles the location where the cubs were kept by T1.FEEDING WOESThe soft toy had a few rips, with foam and cotton wool spilling out.
Tracking the quantity of milk. Controlled feeding is important to ensure the young ones do not develop health complications.
Pipes used for feeding had to be disinfected after every feed to avoid any infection.

Tigress who had preyed on three women captured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A tigress who had killed at least three women last month and was roaming in Shivni range of forests in buffer zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) was captured by forest personnel today. “The feline was spotted in compartment no-233 under Shivni beat in morning and was tranquillised successfully. The tigress was shifted to Moharli nursery in a cage for preliminary medical checkup,” a department release stated. According to foresters, the behaviour of the tigress was found to be unusual and she was often sighted in the farms adjoining the villages in Brahmapuri and Sindewahi range of forests under TATR buffer zone since last month.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

30 visually impaired girls visit Kanha Tiger Reserve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of 30 visually-impaired girls experienced the beauty of ‘wildlife’ through their other receptive sensory faculties at Kanha Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh under ‘Anubhuti’ campaign. “30 visually impaired girls visited the Kanha Tiger Reserve under the ‘Anubhuti’ campaign. These girls were taken on a nature trail and Safari,” Director of Kanha Tiger Reserve Pankaj Shukla informed today. Shukla said these girls belong to ‘Ananya,’ a Jabalpur based organisation working in this field. “These girls recognized the wild animals through their roars and sounds, sensed the flower and leaves through the smell, identified the trees touching their barks,” he added. Tiger Reserve’s Director also said that these girls also heard the audio presentation in the open air theatre situated here. “These girls were also given the information about the wild animals through an audio presentation at open air theatre,” he added. Shukla informed that a similar camp for the hearing impaired would also be organised on February 11-12. “We would also organise similar camps for the mentally challenged,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tigress T1’s alleged killers arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After an uproar by wildlife conservationists over the dead of tigress T1 due to electrocution last week, the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department has nabbed five persons in the case.“We have booked five people so far and they were produced in court and are under judicial custody till February 7. Five more people are being interrogated in connection with the case,” Dr Dileep Kumar, Field Director of Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve, told DNA.Initially, the wires were said to be set up to protect crops from wild boars and other animals. However, the accused confessed to laying electric wires close to the farms in the buffer zone of east Sarvahi village to hunt wild boar. T1 is believed to have accidentally walked into this trap .The forest department arrested Karan Loni (21), Ram Kripal Loni (25), Ramchandra Kaul (40), Dadua alias Dadan Kaul (26) and Asif Khan (19) from Bochro village.Arrests were made after a massive manhunt that involved Special Task Force (Wildlife), sniffer dogs, and the state forest department. After the carcass was found on January 20 the forest department went into a tizzy looking for its three cubs and began a rescue mission. The cubs were rescued three km into the forest from where T1’s carcass was located.“The cubs, who are around a month old, have been shifted to Bandhavgarh National Park. They will kept in a designated area and will be released in the wild after a few years once they are ready as per the guidelines,” Kumar said. This will not be the first time MP forest department will be releasing abandoned tiger cubs in wild.The carcass of T1 was found near Banas river in Sarvahi village, close to the Tiger reserve with eye injuries and burn marks on the tail, making this the first reported tiger death from Madhya Pradesh in 2017. Across India, this is the ninth tiger death since January this year.

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