Friday, 26 May 2017

NEWSLINK: Forest dept studying leopards in, around SGNP

The Forest Department, in order to know the exact locations of leopards in and around Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), and to know their population, is doing a study on the movements of leopards. The study is being done in order to reduce the chances of a human-animal conflict in the area surrounding the SGNP.


While the study is currently being conducted in IIT Bombay and Aarey, the fieldwork will end on June 4 and be concluded by July this year.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

VIDEO: Jaguar slips into stealth mode to take down giant crocodile

Footage shows the large, spotted cat swims through the murky water towards a river bank, looking for prey.


The adult male then spies a giant alligator sitting on a tiny sandy island and slips into stealth mode.


The huge cat carefully steps through the river towards it, treading its paws quietly as not to alert its potential dinner.


Once it has reached a perfect position behind the croc, the jaguar then crawls back into the water and rapidly paddles towards it.


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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

ARTICLE: Protein rich diet kills 10 tigers, 5 lions in Bannerghatta Park. Why?

More than 10 tigers and five lion deaths in the Bannerghatta Biological Park had vets worried. For the past few months, zoo veterinarians noticed that a number of big cats passed away as a result of kidney-related problems. But now, zoo officials seem to have understood what’s causing the deaths.


A protein rich diet caused a number of complications for the wild animals. According to zoo officials, the diet led to renal failure among many of the big cats, resulting in their death. For months, veterinarians studied the visceral samples of tigers and lions and found that the animals’ liver was unable to process the waste products of protein synthesis and this put further pressure on their kidneys.

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ARTICLE: Threat to Big Cat: 7 tigers, 36 leopards died in just 4 months

Despite the tall claims of Maharashtra government for tiger and wild life conservation, there has been a significant rise in the number of deaths of big cat species. At least 6 tigers have died during last 4 months and 36 leopards lost their lives within 3 months.


On May 18 a tiger cub was found in Nagbhid tehsil in Gadchiroli district, taking the total number of deaths of tigers to 7 in just a span of 4 months.


Ironically about 80 per cent of these deaths were reported in Vidarbha region. The alarming trend has exposed the ignorant take of state government towards tiger conservation.

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ARTICLE: After four years, Mukundra reserve awaits its first tiger

Four years after its creation, the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR), still awaits relocation of tigers.


Ranthambore National Park (RTR) in Swai Madhopur and Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) in Alwar were the only two reserves in Rajasthan when in 2013 the state government announced a third tiger reserve — the Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve.


The reserve was formed to cater to the spillover tiger population from RTR, which at present is reported to be around 65 tigers.

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SIGHTING, UK: Big cat spotted creeping through St Albans field

Sharon Smith, 53, was stuck in Hatfield Road traffic on Friday evening at about 6.30pm, when she glanced out the window and saw something moving in the field by the thoroughfare.


She said it was big, sleek, cream, and moving towards the car.


Doing a double-take, Sharon tried to alert her partner - but he was driving and concentrating on the road.


She said: “I could see its back and it was creeping along and I thought, ‘that doesn’t look like anything I have seen before’.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

NEWSLINK: Pugmarks near Amoni create panic among villagers

Pugmarks of tigers near Amoni village in the vicinity of Sukhi Sewaniya close to the State capital created panic among the villagers. They are of the view that the big cat might have moved near to human habitat in search of water as there are possibilities that due to intensive summer conditions water bodies in the forests might have shrieked or dried up.


Bhopal District Forest Officer (DFO) SP Tiwari while talking to The Pioneer said, "There are 28 tigers in the Ratapani Sanctuary besides about a dozen more striped felines move around the sanctuary in the forests of Kerwa, Kathotiya and Mandora while there are two big cats in the forests of Amoni."


"The population of tigers in the stretch between Ratapani Sanctuary and Kerwa dam has risen to around 28 from 19 in 2013. There were only 9 tigers in the area in 2006," said Tiwari.

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NEWSLINK: Rajasthan lioness that gave birth to 5 cubs gets parenting tips from BBC, Nat Geo

Tejika, an Asiatic lioness at Nahargarh Biological Park who recently gave birth to five cubs, was shown documentaries of cats bringing up their cubs in forests of South Africa and Gujarat’s Gir National Park to teach her about motherhood.


This was done after her sister, RT, littered two cubs in Jodhpur’s Machia biological park and accidentally killed one of them earlier this month. RT had picked up the cubs in her mouth and pierced the body of one, killing him instantly. The other was seriously injured.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

PHOTO: “Black panther" captured on TX game camera? (via Richard West)

“Black panther” reports are common in the American South.


Accounts of mysterious black cats crossing the road in front of motorists or seen by hunters are frequent but rarely backed up by photography.


In my 25 years of wildlife journalism I have learned most people assume the animals they are seeing are black (melanistic) cougars. The problem is cougars do not produce melanistic offspring and there has never in history been one documented by science.


So, what are people seeing?

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NEWSLINK: Lions, Clouded Leopards Face Same Threats As Extinct Ice Age Relatives, Study Shows

The lion and the Sunda clouded leopard are facing the same threats that led to the extinction of several big cats during the Ice Age, researchers say.


These two big cats are most at risk from extinction because of a lack of food, according to a new study published in the journal Ecography.


The study, conducted by scientists in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark and the United States, first analyzed whether the loss of prey was a cause of extinction in seven big cats, including four types of saber-toothed cats, the cave and American lions as well as the American cheetah. The research team discovered that if these animals were alive today, a majority of their preferred prey would be gone.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

PHOTO: Camera captures image of big cat in Jones Chapel

A wildlife camera on private hunting land in west Cullman County captured an image of what appears to be some type of large predatory cat.


The 705-acre property, known to many as the old James Tucker land near Crooked Creek in Jones Chapel, is being leased for deer hunting and has wildlife cameras set up in various areas, said Cullman resident Greg Donnelly, who provided the photograph from one of his cameras.


"I have bobcats on camera, so I'm familiar with their appearance," Donnelly said. "We were thinking this one resembles a mountain lion by its size. Some other people say it looks like a lynx."

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NEWSLINK: Puma is 'purr-fect' friend for shy panther

On Bank Holiday Monday, Lincolnshire Wildlife Park introduced Zuri, a melanistic leopard (black panther), and Nigel, a puma, to the sanctuary.

Zuri and three-year-old Nigel are living in an enclosure which has undergone a £10,000 refurbishment.

Visitors can get up to 39 milimetres away from the big cats and admire them through glass.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

NEWSLINK: Scientists Discovered Three New Sub-Species Of Snow Leopard

Panthera uncia aka the snow leopard is considered as the monotypic species on Earth, but in a recent study, scientists have three new sub-species with the same genus. The large big cat family is known to inhabit across 12 countries in Asia covering almost 1.6 million square-kilometer.

A research team from Duquesne University started studying on the poop of snow leopard from different wildlife trails and marking sites. In the Journal of Heredity, researchers published that they have found three primary genetic clusters which were differentiated by geographical location. For the first time in history, scientists made a genetic analysis of wild snow leopard population.

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ARTICLE: African Lions Are Facing The Extinction Threats As The Prey Of These Big Cats Are Declining Rapidly

A recent analysis has discovered that the African lions and also the Sunda clouded leopard are facing the risk of extinction. Lack of food is the key cause behind this situation.

Previously, seven big cats that include the sabre-toothed tigers also went extinct due to the loss of prey or shortage of food. According to BBC News, scientists reveal that this extinction took place towards the end of the last Ice Age. Shockingly the trend still exists that now threatens a number of existing big cats, the Sunda clouded leopard, and the African lions.


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VIDEO: Large 'cat' spotted in Cullman County

One man is wondering what type of large animal is roaming the woods of his Cullman County hunting camp.

"I was flipping through the pictures and we had pictures of deer, and of course crow, and raccoons. And I went through the slides and I hit the big cat, and I went whoa," said Greg Donnelly.

Donnelly was going back through clips from his game camera when he spotted the predator.

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ARTICLE: Using dogs to find cats—overcoming the challenges of tracking cheetahs

Cheetahs are Africa's rarest big cat. Only an estimated 7,000 individuals are thought to survive in the wild. They're spread across 32 populations covering a vast area of more than 3 million square kilometres. Cheetah densities are never higher than two or three cheetahs per 100km2 and can be as low as one cheetah per 4,000km2. Lion density can be up to about 16.85 lions per 100km2. What's more, in areas where cheetahs are persecuted, due to conflict with livestock and game keepers, they may flee before you are ever likely to even see them.

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NEWSLINK: Lions enjoy new-found freedom at sanctuary

Two lions have recently started a new phase in their lives at the Born Free sanctuary at Shamwari Game Reserve.


Nelson was rescued from a French zoo in April 2015 when it fell into liquidation and Ciam made international headlines in November 2015 when he was confiscated from a cramped cage in a garden in Southern France.


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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

VIDEO: A lion defends his brother from a crocodile attack

This is the tense moment a valiant lion saved its younger brother from a horrific crocodile attack in a river.


Stunned tourists captured the two big cats scampering into the water on their mobile phone in Africa last month.

But the fierce crocodile spots the animals and rushes towards them in Wilderness Safari's King's Pool in Botswana.

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ARTICLE: Why big cats in a zoo can get bored

When you visit the zoo the next time, observe how a tiger or leopard behaves. If the animal paces up and down on a straight path and pauses for a while, rotates its head, gnaws at its paws and snaps at other animals, then the prized prisoner is displaying stereotypical behaviour of a big cat that is it is bored and suffering from stress.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

NEWSLINK: Wildlife officials checking on reports of big cats

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officers have been investigating several reports of cougars prowling in and near Monroe.


“It’s not unusual, especially this time of year,” said Vance Mumford, DWR biologist. “We live in a narrow valley surrounded on both sides by beautiful habitat.”


Mumford said while there have been several reports of possible cougar sightings in the past two weeks, none of them have been confirmed. He said oftentimes, cougars will travel through the valley without becoming a nuisance.


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NEWSLINK: Rescued puma joins Minnesota Zoo's other big cats

A 60-pound male puma made his debut Friday at the Minnesota Zoo, six months after being rescued as an orphan outside Port Angeles, Wash.


Sequim, named for his Pacific Northwest roots, came to the Apple Valley zoo as an injured kitten in October. Zookeepers nursed him back to health, treating him for a variety of parasites and other ailments.


Through constant care, Sequim pulled through. On Friday, he joined the zoo’s older puma on the Medtronic Minnesota Trail, where they will rotate within the exhibit.


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Thursday, 11 May 2017

NEWSLINK: Tamil Nadu: Mudumalai hotspot for tiger poaching

Poachers are now targeting drought hit Tamil Nadu for wild animals. Particularly the tigers in Sathyamangalam and Mudumalai are vulnerable with forests and water holes drying up this summer making it easy for the poachers to follow, said a forest department official responding to the recent case of tiger being poisoned to death at Sathyamangalam tiger reserve.

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NEWSLINK: Big cat count increases in Assam's Orang Tiger Reserve

Orang Tiger Reserve (OTR), about 150km from here, has an estimated 28 tigers in the 492.46 square km area, according to the latest big cats' count. In 2013, Orang had an estimated 24 tigers. OTR field director Sunnydeo Choudhury said that the estimation exercise carried out between January and March this year in 78.8 square km core area of the reserve found tiger density to be 35.44 per 100 square km, which is the highest in the country as well as in the world. Choudhury said although the present density figure is subjected to further evaluation, the preliminary estimation has strong indications about Orang having "highest tiger density in the country.""Our estimation says 35.44 tigers per 100 sq km. This figure will go through special software for further evaluation.

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NEWSLINK: Ninth tiger death in Uttarakhand in just five months

An 18-month-old tiger, which was rescued from Kota range of Ramnagar forest division on May 1, 2017 died on Sunday. Officials of the forest department told TOI that the tiger succumbed to dehydration, injuries and infection. With this, the number of big cats which died in Uttarakhand this year has risen to nine.


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VIDEO: Trainer knocked out and bitten by massive lion after letting it pounce on him

Terrifying footage shows the trainer standing in a cage in the sun beckoning the lion towards him.


The giant cat creeps in his direction as the man opens his arm with a welcome smile.


But he recoils in shock as the lion jumps up towards him with its claws out.


The carnivore's paws wrap around the trainer's face as he tumbles to the ground with the heft of the huge cat on top of him.


As the man rolls onto his side, the lion the grabs his leg and sinks its teeth into his thigh.


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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

NEWSLINK: Could huge paw print be proof that leopards are in suburban Australia?

A man has claimed leopards are stalking Australia's suburbs after finding a massive cat-like paw print in the bush.

Sydney man John Geragotellis, 44, spotted the 8 centimetre imprint in bushland in northern Wollongong.


Mr Geragotellis is convinced the footprint left in the mud – which he photographed with a cigarette lighter for scale – was left by a big cat.

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NEWSLINK: Swings placed for lion cubs in Etawah Safari

The authorities of Etawah lion safari have placed swings in the enclosure of cubs Sultan and Simba to keep them fit and active.


The cubs, both male, born in October 2016 to Jessica and Manan, now weigh 25 kg each.
Jessica was brought in December 2015, Manan in 2014 from Gujarat. Jessica had conceived in May 2016. She gave birth to two male cubs on October 5, 2016.

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

ARTICLE: Why leopards are changing their hunting spots

In the last six months, there have been five incidents of human-leopard conflict in Haryana; officials are finally attempting to understand why the big cats are leaving the forests and straying into towns and villages

Increasing instances of leopards straying into inhabited areas has prompted the Haryana Forest Department to seek a detailed study from the Wildlife Institute of India on why wild animals, especially big cats, are leaving the safety of the forests to enter populated areas.

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NEWSLINK: Ahead of translocation, Rajaji Reserve sets up tiger cell

Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) authorities have constituted a seven member Tiger Cell that will exclusively monitor, plan and ensure safety of translocated big cats. A Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) is also in the making.


The step comes three years after the plan to translocate tigers to the western part of the reserve, home to only two tigresses, was mooted. The western part, spread over 570 sqkm, hasn’t reported breeding since 2003. A 1.2 km long and 3 km wide corridor splits the reserve into two halves preventing the movement of tigers between the eastern and the western sides.


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Sunday, 7 May 2017

NEWSLINK: Gurgaon: Four leopards rescued successfully in last five months

The wildlife department has successfully conducted four leopard rescue operations in the last five months. The big cats that strayed into civilian areas were rescued and released into the wild.


These operations are important as in November 24, last year, a two-and half-year-old leopard was beaten to death at Mandawar in Sohna area in the presence of staff from wildlife department officials and the police.


After the first incident, four more cases — December 28 in Malaka, February 16 in Palwal, March 17 in Sohna at a village near Mandawar and the latest in Durga Colony of Sohna — have been reported.


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ARTICLE: The Big Fight of Big Cats: Fight for Space in Indian Reserves

Tiger poaching has again been detected in the Uttarakhand forests of North India driving the Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat to order an inquiry, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.


The matter pertains to the seizure of five tiger skins and 130 kg tiger bones belonging to Corbett Tiger Reserve in March last year.


Initially the Minister instituted tiger monitoring to be conducted by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to verify all about tigers gone missing or killed in more than one year.


The member of the State Wildlife Board, Rajiv Mehta came out with a report in which all fingers pointed to the neglect of top wildlife officials and also the involvement of Chief Wildlife Warden D.V.S. Khati, the then Corbett director Samir Sinha and head of anti-poaching cell Dhananjai Mohan – and demanded transfer of these officials for an impartial probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.


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ARTICLE/VIDEO: Bengal Tiger Population Faces Crisis: Limited Gene Flow

The populations of the Bengal tiger are gradually decreasing due to the limited flow of the genes between these endangered species. The crucial fact surfaces in the western Himalayan foothills.

The Bengal tiger is one of the most numerous tiger subspecies in the world. A recent study explores that the gene flow of this wild creature in the two reserves situated in the Terai Arc Landscape is very slow. The said Terai region is located in the foothills of the western Himalaya. According to WWF, these wild animals basically exist in India and a small population is present in Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, China, and Bhutan.

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PHOTO/SIGHTING, UK: Is this the Beast of Quantock Hills?

A family has captured these amazing images of a "big cat" on the prowl at a picturesque picnic spot.


As big cat fans speculate it could be a panther or puma, a mum has revealed how she and her daughter were at Crowcombe Park Gate in the Quantock Hills, Somerset, when she saw the "big black" animal .

The 32-year-old mum said the sun was glinting off the animal's fur as it skulked through the long grass metres in front her and her 14-year-old.


She pointed her camera at the massive feline and zoomed in to get a better view, taking a photo to give herself a closer look.

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

NEWSLINK: Paralysed and starving, 18-month-old tigress rescued by villagers

At a time when reports of people killing big cats that venture near human settlements is all too common, an act by residents of Balaun village in Ramnagar district of Uttarakhand may go on to save the life of an 18-month-old tigress.


The sub-adult big cat, whose hind quarters is paralysed, could have died of hunger, but for the locals who found it lying in the bushes Sunday evening and immediately informed the forest officials. The animal was rescued by the foresters Monday morning.

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

VIDEO/SIGHTING, UK: Stunned mum spots wild ‘black panther’ prowling around Brit countryside

Lisa London, 43, is the latest person to come across the creature in broad daylight.


The mum-of-two said she was driving from her home in Bicester to Oxford when she had the encounter.


She said: “You go down a country road and what I saw was maybe 100 yards in front of me: it essentially strolled across the road from the right to the left then leapt into the bushes.


"It looked like a black panther — it was shiny black and there was no way it was a dog or a deer or a domestic cat, it was too big."

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VIDEO: Amazing Video Reveals The Secret Life of Wyoming Mountain Lions

Just last month a mountain lion was tranquilized in a neighborhood in Gillette Wyoming. That must have had neighborhood mom’s on edge even after they captured it.


Then there was the one spotted inside Riverton city limits, just after they got the one in Gillette. Police think it may have been attracted by the smell of mule deer that were grazing in nearby alfalfa fields.


Back in July of 2016, we ran a story on this website with the screaming headline: Mountain Lion Spotted in Casper-May Still Be Around. That story comes with a photo of a big cat walking across a neatly manicured Casper golf course, past a pond, with some homes in the background.

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NEWSLINK: Tiger cub rescued from Corbett dies, 8th big cat death this year

A four-and-a-half-month-old tiger cub died after being rescued from the Corbett Tiger Reserve on Monday. The cub which had been abandoned by its mother was found injured and was rescued by the forest officials from Kota forest range in Ramnagar to provide medical attention. Postmortem reports suggested that the big cat, around 8 yrs old, died after being involved in a fight with another animal. Another tiger was found dead on January 19 and reason was cited as territorial fighting by the forest department. The body has been cremated following the guidelines of National Tiger Conservation Authority .

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

NEWSLINK: Another tiger run over by speeding train near Bhopal

Yet another big cat was run over by a speeding train at the Budhni-Midghat section of the Railways in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, just a few kilometres away from Bhopal.


With this, the number of tiger deaths in the state has risen to 35 since 2016, even as forest minister Gauri Shankar Shejwar had been overlooking recommendations of his own department to post wildlife experts to manage core habitats of the big cats.

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NEWSLINK: Animal Advocates Are Still Fighting to Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

Animal advocates have been working for years to free Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger who is being kept as an attraction at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, La. This week, they have renewed their efforts in the hope of seeing him finally moved to a sanctuary.


Controversy has been swirling around Tony for years over the conditions that he’s being kept in, and whether it’s legal for him to be there. His advocates have continued to argue that a truck stop, where he’s constantly surrounded by noise and diesel fumes, is no place for a tiger.

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VIDEO: Rescue worker seriously injured in leopard attack that forced him to run off a roof

A rescue worker was seriously injured when he was attacked by a charging leopard .


The big cat went for forest ranger Bijay Khuntia after it strayed into a remote Indian village.

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NEWSLINK: Thousands of Big Cats Are Suffering in Inhumane Roadside Zoos Across the U.S.

Thousands of lions, tigers, leopards and other big cat species are kept in grossly inhumane conditions by private individuals and unqualified exhibitors in the United States.


A man in a suburban Chicago neighborhood kept a tiger in a 5x5-foot cage in his garage.


New York authorities confiscated a 500-pound pet tiger from a Harlem apartment.

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NEWSLINK: Maharashtra in India’s top four in tiger and leopard deaths

Maharashtra lost 291 leopards and 84 tigers between 2010 and 2017, with poachers killing 159, according to a study by the Wildlife Protection Survey of India (WPSI).


The study also says that six sloth bears were killed during the period.


Of the big cats that were killed, 134 were leopards and 25 were tigers, accounting for 42% of the deaths. There were 17 leopard deaths in 2017, with poachers responsible for seven deaths. There were 46 deaths in both 2016 and 2015. Four tigers died in 2017, one of them poached. Sixteen of them died in 2016 — the highest. Four tigers were poached in 2012 . WPSI’s report used data collected from annual reports of the state and central forest departments.

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NEWSLINK: 40 big cats die in Madhya Pradesh in 14 months

Madhya Pradesh takes pride in calling itself a tiger state but with 40 tigers deaths reported from across the state in the past one year or so, it is fast assuming the tag of 'tiger killer' state. The latest deaths have been reported from the Bandhavgarh National Park where two tiger cubs succumbed to the deadly parvovirus on Sunday afternoon.

The two tiger cubs who succumbed to the deadly Parvovirus on Sunday were orphaned when their mother was electrocuted by poachers in Shahdol on January 19. The two along with their third sibling were rescued by the field staff of the Bandhavgarh national park and despite their best efforts the two could not be saved.
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Thursday, 27 April 2017

NEWSLINK: State’s help a 'must' to realise tiger reserve

Authorities of the forest department are busy preparing a detailed project report (DPR) in order to submit it to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) after getting approval from the State government and see that the Eturunagaram Wildlife Sanctuary is declared a tiger reserve.

However, they opine that their proposal may become a reality considering the vast tracts of the forest area, prey population and other factors, but it also needs an active political persuasion.

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NEWSLINK: Bir Talab Zoo to welcome three big cats this week

From this week, Bir Talab Zoo will house three leopards. It will further help the authorities to attract visitors from neighbouring towns.

This will be the first zoo in this region that will have big cats.

“The leopards will be brought from Chhatbir Zoo near Zirakpur in the next three days,” said Sanjeev Tiwari, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Bathinda.

He said, “The leopards will be a big attraction at the zoo. The visitors will not be allowed to see the leopards for around 15 days as we have to observe the nature of animals.
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

ARTICLE: Turpentine Creek refuge: Where 100 big cats roam

Keeping a tiger or a lion as a household pet may sound like a loopy idea. But hundreds or more of these large carnivores belong to families across America.


That's just one intriguing fact that genial tour guide Becky Dharmpaul passed along to visitors taking a trolley tour of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on a recent afternoon. One of the nation's leading rescue sites for big cats, Turpentine Creek celebrated its 25th anniversary Sunday.

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PHOTO: Paw print proof of Austinmer panther?

An eight centimetre-long paw print left in the foothills of the Illawarra escarpment has piqued the interest of a roving big cat enthusiast, who believes it proof of panther activity.


Vaughan King, 30, has deemed Austinmer’s Sublime Point track a panther-spotting hotspot and flagged plans for organised surveillance, including a program that would see 24/7 game cameras concealed in area bushland.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

VIDEO: A Rare Glimpse of Three Snow Leopards Snuggling

There are only around 4,000 snow leopards left in the world, most of which live in China, where they maintain a reputation for being notoriously difficult to spot, much less study. But recently some scientists with the conservation group Panthera caught not one, not two, but three of the big cats lounging around in front of a camera trap. They snuggled and napped, among other chill activities.

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ARTICLE: On the trail of pumas in Chile’s wild south

No one saw the actual killing but the circumstantial evidence was compelling. It was a family tragedy, a case of infanticide. And suspicion fell squarely on the babysitter.

Our guide Roberto told us the story as we sat on the ridge above the lake waiting for the puma to re-emerge. Behind us thunderheads built round the spectacular massif of Torres del Paine, after which the park was named.

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

ARTICLE: Counting the Tiger, Correctly: Will the Govt Use the New Method?

Researchers at the Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have come up with a new methodology that has the potential to revolutionise the way tigers and other big animals are counted over large geographical areas.


How many tigers are there in India?

According to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, in 2006, the number was estimated at 1,411 and in 2010 it was 1,706. In 2016, the world rejoiced when India announced that it had nearly 2,500 members of this critically endangered big cat.

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VIDEO: Stunning Rare Footage Reveals Elusive Snow Leopards

The snow leopard scented the herd of Siberian ibex on the strong wind blasting over the ridgeline at more than 11,000 feet, high in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia, on Russia’s remote border with Mongolia, China, and Kazakhstan. With its gray coat and black spots, the big cat was nearly invisible against the rock of this arid landscape. It padded confidently toward its quarry through deep snow on wide, insulated feet, watchfully moving down an eroded draw above the frozen Chaganburgazy River.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

NEWSLINK: As Tony the truck stop tiger's health fails, his advocates fight harder to free him

Efforts to free Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger who is being used as a living attraction at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, La., have been going on for years, but things just took an urgent turn over concerns that his health is failing.


Tigers have been an unfortunate feature at the Tiger Truck Stop since the 1980s, but over the years Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin has racked up numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), ranging from mishandling tigers and failing to provide veterinary care and proper shelter to unsanitary feeding practices and not having properly trained employees – and he may soon be facing more.

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SIGHTING, UK: Warwickshire 'panther' video and photos

The "panther" was seen by a mum enjoying some sunshine at Crowcombe Park Gate, in Somerset's Quantock Hills.


The 32-year-old, who was with her daughter, 14, said sunlight was glinting off the animal's fur and it prowled through a patch of long grass.


The woman, who did not wish to be named, said she immediately took a photo of it.

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NEWSLINK: Tigers are on cold shower, special diet to beat heat

As the temperature in Mumbai soars, spare a thought for the tigers and lions of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and Byculla Zoo. And the authorities who take care of the animals are doing their best to keep them cool.


“We are giving regular cold water showers to the tigers, lions and leopards that are in cages,” Vikas Gupta, director of SGNP, told Free Press Journal.


The park is not just a habitat for animals, but is also the green lungs of Mumbai city as it acts as a purifier for much of Mumbai’s pollution.

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VIDEO: Family of big cats cross a busy road bringing cars to a standstill

A pride of lions stunned motorists when they brought traffic to a standstill by crossing a busy road.


Drivers were left speechless on Saturday night when they spotted the big cats crossing the Pipavav-Rajula highway in Amreli, a district in the Indian state of Gujarat.


Once they appear on the highway from the nearby Gir Forest National Park, the world's only natural habitat for Asiatic lions, the big cats patiently wait on the highway for the vehicles to pass by.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Hero mother Bary boosts population of rarest cats in world with 2 healthy cubs

In recent years, the Siberian - or Amur - leopard almost died out: in 2007 there were as few as 30 in the wild.


Recent estimates suggest a figure of 80 of these big cats in the Russian Far East as they edge their way back.

These cubs, caught by a wildlife camera, are the first proof that leopardess Bary - aged 4 - has given birth in the Land of the Leopard National Park, set up by the Russian government to ensure the survival of the most threatened cat species on the planet.


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NEWSLINK: Key leopard population 'crashing', study warns

The leopard population in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats is crashing, and could be wiped out within a few years, scientists warned on Wednesday.


Illegal killing of leopards in the Soutpansberg Mountains has reduced their numbers by two-thirds in the last decade, the researchers reported in the Royal Society Open Science journal.


"If things don't change, we predict leopards will essentially disappear from the area by about 2020," lead author Samual Williams, a conservation biologist at Durham University in England, told AFP.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

NEWSLINK: SGNP officials help big cats cool down even as mercury continues upward swing

Residents are not alone in their struggle to cope with the rising mercury and humidity. Officials of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) said the big cats housed in the park are also showing signs of heat stress.


"The first thing we did this year was to install a digital thermometer in the cages of all big cats, including leopards, lions and tigers. We have been able to monitor heat levels, and take immediate action if temperatures soar," said Dr Shailesh Pethe, Veterinary Officer, SGNP.

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NEWSLINK: Leopard scare in Maharashtra village after people find half-eaten calf

Panic spread across Vedi village of Palghar district after a villager discovered a half-eaten carcass of a calf preyed upon by a leopard. However, the forest department officials have asked the villagers to stay clam and alert. They said the big cat might have strayed into the village looking for water and food, as the number wild boars, its natural prey, is dwindling in the wild.


“The calf belonged to Jitendra Mhatre, a resident of Vedi village, and its half-eaten body was found a few metres away from his field,” said Dinesh Desale, range forest officer, Saphale.

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

VIDEO: Former circus lions making themselves at home in Alpine

A rare, male white lion and two female lions who spent their lives as circus entertainers have a new home this week at a sprawling animal sanctuary in Alpine.


The big cats arrived at Lions, Tigers and Bears Wednesday night after being picked up from north of Los Angeles where they were being boarded while awaiting the trip.

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NEWSLINK/PHOTO: UK 'big cat' sighting a domestic tabby, says wildlife expert

An animal expert has poured cold water over possible sightings of a big cat on the outskirts of Inverness.


Douglas Richardson from the Highland Wildlife Park believes the black cat spotted in Milton of Leys this week was a domestic tabby.


He said: “The posture, tail position and apparent thickness, size of the animal and its apparent shoulder height in relation to the grass are consistent with this.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

SIGHTING/PHOTO: Elusive Arkansas mountain lion is spotted again

A photo was sent to me this week of an obvious mountain lion that had wandered in front of a game camera in Randolph County. The validity of the photo looked real, as did the source, therefore I tend to believe it was a real cat sighting.


I forwarded the photo along to my contact at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) for them to verify and they had already been in contact with the originator of the photo. If verified, this would be one of about 10 confirmed sightings of mountain lions in our state.

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NEWSLINK: Will Congress Finally Step Up to Protect Big Cats?

Animal advocates are applauding members of Congress for taking action to protect big cats from cruelty, abuse and neglect by reintroducing a big bill that would make it illegal to keep them as pets in the U.S.


It’s currently estimated that there are more than 10,000 privately owned big cats in captivity across the nation. While some states have laws banning the private possession of big cats, others have weak or no laws in place at all, leaving big cats to suffer in any number of situations that can range from simply not meeting their needs to being downright abusive.

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NEWSLINK: Mountain lion transient but making presence known in state

Although mountain lions were common in Oklahoma and elsewhere in the plains prior to European settlement, they were eradicated during the 19th century.


As the countryside was settled and developed, the large predators were shot. People also killed almost all of the deer, the mountain lions’ primary food source.

Because mountain lions are reclusive animals, it’s hard to know exactly when and where they are present.

Most mountain lions in Oklahoma are transient — just passing through. There is no evidence of residential mountain lions in our state. They can come from the Dakotas and tend to follow river systems down through Colorado and the panhandle of Oklahoma and continue into New Mexico.

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NEWSLINK: Forest dept confirms five tigers at Mhadei

The Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary of Sattari is again in the news for the presence of almost five tigers in it. 

This area is not easily accessible and has tough geographical terrain and using camera trap techniques was a big challenge. The camera trap technology used by the forest officials of wildlife division took pictures of five different tigers.This time the authorities, with the help of trekkers, put the camera trap in areas where tiger movements were most likely. 

Vitthal Shelke, an activist with Wildlife Rescue in Sattari said, "There is no doubt that tigers moving in the Mhadei region are residents, since repeated camera trap pictures have indicated that the area is a favourable natural habitat for the big cats". We had planned our strategy to protect and conserve the tigers.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

NEWSLINK: Sabre-toothed tigers in ice-age Los Angeles had bad back trouble

The big sabre-toothed cats that roamed Los Angeles 12,000 years ago had bad backs and shoulders, it seems.


Meanwhile, the other apex predator that shared its southern California habitat, the dire wolf, was more likely to suffer from headaches and leg pain.


The discoveries come from an analysis of thousands of bones from skeletons of these extinct creatures, with the injuries probably sustained as a result of their dining habits.

Like other cats, the sabre-toothed Smilodon fatalis ambushed its prey and wrestled them into submission. Modern big cats suffocate their prey, by either biting down on the victim’s snout to clamp it shut or squeezing its throat to crush its trachea so it can’t breathe.

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NEWSLINK/PHOTOS: Secret heartache of Longleat cheetah cubs

Their little mohicans are growing out fast and they may have longer limbs but these two adorable cheetah cubs are as mischievous as the day they were born.


Twins Poppy and Winston are the first cheetah cubs to be born at Longleat Safari Park, in Wiltshire, and were part of a breeding programme to boost numbers of the big cats.

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

ARTICLE: A history of North East big cat sightings - and why 40 years of them could soon come to an end

Big cats still prowl the North East - but for how long will be they be spotted?


This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event which many feel led to the spate of sightings which have captured the public imagination.

However sightings seem to be less numerous these days and some wonder if the animals, which were always limited in number, and the few offspring they had are dying off.


It was in 1977 that the Dangerous Wild Animals Act came into force to deal with the fashion then of people keeping interesting or exotic pets which were often from the more dangerous species.

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NEWSLINK: Ghodbundar, India: ‘Leopard has become a part of our neighbourhood’

A week after the incident wherein a leopard fell into the broken rook of their hutment in Ghodbundar Village, it's life as usual for the Wede family as well as their neighbours, who continue to live in perfect harmony with their feline neighbours from the SGNP.

As the locals of this area who are all accustomed to seeing the big cat as it leaves its territory and visits Retibundar area at night for a sip of water from the creek or an easy catch as the area has plenty of dogs, cats and rats. The locals were not very startled when the big cat fell into the roof of the hutment of the Wede family late last Sunday.

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

NEWSLINK: CAT Publications meets Big Cat Sanctuary

CAT Publications staff took a paws from the office to pay a visit to the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent as part of the company's milestone 30th anniversary.

News, sales and marketing staff from CAT Publications were taken on a private tour of the facility - which is home to 15 species of big cats including lions, white tiger, jaguar and lynx - to see first-hand the positive work that is being carried out.

The Kent facility is the key charity partner for CAT Publications #CATis30 campaign, through a number of initiatives. The sanctuary breeds big cats, the majority of them in fast-declining numbers, and takes in castaways from zoos or circuses.

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