Tuesday, 3 December 2019

NEWSLINK: Mystery cat spreads panic in Greater Noida West, hunt on for the feline

Panic gripped Greater Noida west over the spotting of a fishing cat even as the forest officials are still frantically searching for the wild cat.

The cat was said to have been sighted near JKG palm court in sector 16 C on Saturday morning. Ever since the residents of the society are living in fear. While many of them claimed that the cat’s movement was caught on a CCTV camera, footage of the same is yet to be found.

According to the residents, the wild animal had entered society at around 6 am. It was also said to have been seen by a few labourers near a location adjacent to Shani Mandir on late Friday night.

While sleuths from Bisrakh Police Station and forest officials have reached the spot in the hunt for the medium-sized cat, the residents are avoiding any movement in the society.

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NEWSLINK: Female leopard gets trapped in fence, dies

A leopard that got trapped in a fence of a paddy field, near Golihole in Byndoor taluk, died on Saturday morning.

The big cat is said to have strayed into the human habitat in search of food.
The three-year-old female leopard was severely injured in its legs. The fence was made from iron objects, it is said. The post mortem of the leopard was conducted as per the procedure.The trapped leopard was unattended for hours together and in the struggle to get out its legs, the feline severely injured itself, sources said.

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NEWSLINK: How advancements in DNA technology can help save the tigers

Tiger DNA expert Uma Ramakrishnan gets special permission to wander India's protected forests on foot, following the same trails the big cats tread. While she enjoys coming across tigers and their cubs and watching them with binoculars, those sightings aren't the treasure she's after. What she loves most is to find tiger droppings — "almost like gold to me," says the molecular ecologist at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore.

Territorial tigers oblige by leaving scat regularly, as a warning to other tigers that this space is occupied. These nuggets contain genetic material that scientists like Ramakrishnan use to understand tiger populations: How many are there, and what kinds? Where did they come from, and how far do they travel?

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NEWSLINK: Animal lover raises wild pumas in her mum and dad’s house in Devon

Laura Thompson is a major cat lady – but nothing like the one you’re picturing.

The 22-year-old from Plymouth raises wild pumas in her mum and dad’s house in Devon.

Lauren started taking in orphaned wild cats when she volunteered at The Cornwall Nature Conservancy, and kept seeing kittens being rejected by their mothers.

To date, she has fostered five big cats at home, including fishing cats, servals and jaguarundi.

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NEWSLINK: Aussies tell of frightening big cat sightings across the country

The story of black panthers secretly roaming in the bushland is a decades-old tale of Aussie folklore.

But despite being tinged with controversy and steeped in a history of conspiracy theories, the legend is flourishing, as hundreds of sightings continue being made across the country.

Big cat spotters, certain of what they’ve seen, continue to make dozens of reports of mysterious, large black cats roaming in bushland, or bounding across highways with continued frequency.

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NEWSLINK: Land of the Big Cats: China and Russia collaborate in comeback

In 2000, the Amur leopard was hurtling to extinction. There were only about 30 left in Russia, and just two in China.

Today, the picture is more hopeful. Though it remains the world's rarest big cat, there are now close to 90 living across both countries.

Siberian tigers, who have also been roaming the Russia–China border since before those nations existed, have seen a similarly impressive recovery. In the 1940s, there were as few as 40 still alive. Now there are as many as 540.

The remarkable comeback is largely due to shared work between China and Russia, cemented in February when the park administrations on both sides of the border signed a memorandum of understanding for further cooperation.

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NEWSLINK: Ecuador’s vanishing jaguars: the big cat vital to rainforest survival

Across the American continent, from the north of Mexico to Argentina, the jaguar has long been revered for its strength and power. But in some parts of Ecuador, the largest cat in South America is increasingly at risk as roads, mining and agriculture take over the rainforests.

The loss of habitat is the biggest threat to jaguars in Ecuador, particularly along the coast, where more than 70%of the original forest cover has been lost. The vast majority of this destruction has taken place over the last 50 years with the expansion of the logging and agriculture industries, including coffee, cacao, palm oil and bananas, one of the country’s largest agriculture exports.