The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper column-inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.
A zoo in Sweden has attracted worldwide controversy after admitting to killing nine lion cubs – despite the fact that they were all perfectly healthy. Borås zoo said that the nine cubs were all under two years old when they were euthanized, the reason being that they didn’t ‘fit in’ to the pride and were then considered surplus.
Tigress along with two cubs in Kerwa jungle kept the forest officials on toes for past two days. Worried over safety of the feline, Forests Department started patrolling in the area from Monday morning. According to Forest Department, there is probable chance of territorial fight between tigress T-123 and tiger T-121, who has already set up his territory in the area. Officials said poachers are also active in the area so patrolling has been raised. Location of camera trap has been also changed to keep an eye on tigress and cubs through e-surveillance. As per camera recordings, tigress has been spotted in Kerwa and Kaliyasot jungle along with the cubs.
The cubs are about 6 months old. Earlier in December 2017, the tigress was sighted with cubs in Kathotiya jungles. She has move towards Kerwa jungle through Ratapani area. As other tigress T-21 has already set up territory along with cubs, tigress T-123 left the area and move out in Kerwa-Kaliyasot. Young male tiger T-1 is already there in Kerwa-Kaliyasot jungles. Forest officials said male tiger usually attack the cubs and in such condition territorial fight happened between the tiger and tigress.
Essex Wildlife Trust has responded to reports that a black panther has been sighted in a rural village in the county. A resident took to social media claiming to have seen the animal walking near the river bank in Sible Hedingham and posted a paw print photo on Facebook.
Darren Tansley, Essex Wildlife Trust Water for Wildlife officer, and co-author of ‘Mammals of Essex’ book, said: “These paw print photos are not of a big cat but a dog, cats walk with their claws retracted but here a claw mark is detectable. Read more...
It’s 4 pm. The mellow winter sun gives way to a crisp breeze on the outskirts of Borati village in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district.
Beyond the cotton fields, a slight man watches over a herd of grazing cows. The mild chill doesn’t explain his attire. His torso is wrapped in a band of rusted metal. A similar band wrapped around his neck has sharp spokes pointing outwards. The armour is fastened and secured with a lock and key. “I made this gear last month after I saw a tiger in the forest,” says Shankar Atram, 48. He earns a living as a cowherd — Rs 150 per animal per month, he says. Read more...
In a bizarre hit-and-run mishap, an unidentified vehicle knocked dead a full-grown tiger near Bazargaon off Nagpur-Amravati Highway on Friday evening. The accident spot is not popular for tiger sighting, though the big cats often cross over the busy Highway, under a nearby bridge, while moving across the jungle. Read more...
A study revealed residents near national parks in Panama, Central America, were causing problems to the jaguar population there. With the residents living near two major national parks in Panama supporting road building in the parks and developmental activities, the population of the big cat continues to deteriorate.
Though these parks are taking huge efforts to conserve the population of the majestic feline, which is the largest big cat in the Americas, their numbers continue to decline.