Saturday, July 31, 2010

The sub-adult tiger which made its first killing on May 3 and latest on July 27 has been lying inactive for past some days. Jamuna Prasad of Dilawarpu

High-tech tracking on for man-killing tiger

TNN, Aug 1, 2010, 12.59am IST

LUCKNOW: If not the first ever, it is at least a rare practice of high-tech tracking of a man-killing tiger that Pilibhit forest officials have taken up. The forest department is getting help from the wildlife organisations which are providing the department the needed expertise and the `cameras' which can incessantly click for 60-odd days.

The sub-adult tiger which made its first killing on May 3 and latest on July 27 has been lying inactive for past some days. Jamuna Prasad of Dilawarpur village in Ghundchai beat of Deoria range of Pilibhit forest division was killed by the man-eater on July 27.

On Saturday, forest department decided to change the position of eight web cameras which were installed at the killing sites on July 25. "We will now install cameras every 2 km," said divisional forest officer (DFO) Pilibhit VK Singh. The entire Deoria range of 712 sqkm will be divided into 25 grids, each of four sqkm area. A camera will be installed at every grid to locate the tiger.

It was on July 25 that the tiger was clicked by the cameras. It has remained elusive since then though it struck again two days after. The cameras click automatically moment the animal passes by. Every two days the camera trappings are downloaded. The trappings so far have given some clue on the tiger. "It is not at all injured but we cannot say what is making it to kill men," said DFO.

The tiger since May 3 has killed five men and preyed on them partially. It struck on June 7 and 23 and July 25 and 27. However, all the victims had gone to the forest as their bodies were recovered from about 5 km inside the forest area. This is, in fact, the reason why the forest officials are hesitant to brand the big cat a `man-eater'.

Though tiger is not compulsively seeking a human prey, vigil is on in the area to trap it before it makes another kill. The precautionary measures will be followed during the monsoon period. The villagers who enter the forest will be treated as tresspassers. On Saturday, two tresspassers were caught by the forest staff.

An awareness campaign too is underway in the area. Villagers are being informed about the tiger's presence and the precautions they should take.

Man-killing tiger in Pilibhit keeping forest dept on toes

Man-killing tiger in Pilibhit keeping forest dept on toes

TNN, Jul 31, 2010, 01.01am IST

LUCKNOW: Pilibhit forest division is in news again. Deoria range of the division is gripped with fear of a man-killing tiger. Though forest officials have not labelled it as a man-eater, yet. The stray big cat has killed and partially eaten five men, at different points of time, over a period of past three months.

The sub-adult tiger made its first killing on May 3. It struck again on June 7, killed and partially ate a 50-year-old man, Ved Prakash of Parewa Turraha village of Pilibhit. The body was lying about 1 km inside forest area. The right arm of the man was eaten by the big cat. On its third appearance on June 23, the tiger killed Bulaki Ram. On July 25, it killed Shyamlal and on July 27, it killed Jamuna Prasad.

Forest officials came into action after the fourth incident was reported on July 25. "We got eight web cameras installed in Deoria range," said V K Singh, DFO, Pilibhit. The camera was installed at 5.10pm and it was within 10 minutes that the first snap of the tiger was clicked by one of the cameras. "We got sure of tiger's presence in the area," said Singh.

The killing on July 25 took place in Deohana beat of the range and July 27 killing happened in Ghundchai beat of the range. There is an aerial distance of about 2 km between the two beats. However, when the tiger killed Jamuna Prasad on July 27, the incident was not clicked by the cameras. But cameras will continue to be in place.

Almost all the killings have taken place in the daytime because victims had gone to the forest area to either collect firewood or grass. Besides, monsoon is also the season for `katarua' mushroom in Pilibhit forests. Villagers collect the mushroom and sell them for Rs 70 to 80 per kg in markets. Bundles of grass, firewood and bags with mushrooms have been recovered from site of killings. Besides, the men have all been attacked while they were squatting on the ground and tiger mistook them to be quadrupeds.

As far as eating men is concerned, tiger has not eaten the men immediately after killing them. Though it has partially eaten all the bodies, it has eaten them a day after the killing. "When men had gone to search Jamuna Prasad in the morning, they had seen tiger eating the man's leg," said Singh. The approaching men, however, had scared the tiger away.

It is a case of man intruding into tiger's territory as all bodies were found lying deep inside the forest. Hence, it does not make any sense in branding the big cat a man-eater, said DFO. However, this has not lessened the seriousness of the incident for the forest department.

The forest department has created three teams headed by range officers to educate and inform villagers about the presence of tiger in the locality. Each team has 9 to 12 members. The teams will hold meetings with villagers and educate them about taking precautions. "We also have decided to get strict," said Singh.

The people who are found entering the prohibited area of forest will be detained for trespassing. Though, they will be allowed to go after initial warning. On second occasion, they will be charged a fine of Rs 250 and on third occasion, they will be arrested, produced in court and sent to jail for 14 days. This effort will continue for a month-long period.

Apart from this, informative posters have been put up at PHCs and primary schools. Deoria range spreads across 712 sq km and has 36 villages on its periphery. All the villages are under watch.

SPCA blasts Panjo's owner

SPCA blasts Panjo's owner

By Staff Reporter
July 30, 2010

The SPCA has slammed the owner of Panjo the tiger who dominated headlines this week, arguing that "no wild animal" should be kept as a pet.

Panjo was returned to his owner, game farm owner Goosey Fernandes, on Wednesday night after escaping off the back of his bakkie on Monday.

Seventeen-month-old Panjo disappeared on Monday night while Fernandes was transporting him in the back of his Ford F250 bakkie from the game farm to the family smallholding in Endicott, Springs, when the canopy door came open and Panjo jumped out.

The tiger was found at about 8pm on Wednesday near Verena, south of Groblersdal, after a search by dozens of people.

On Thursday Limpopo authorities apparently realised they had failed to process Fernandes's application for a permit to keep the tiger and hurriedly arranged to meet Fernandes.

The SPCA, in the meantime, argued that wild animals taken into the home "usually lose their appeal once they reach maturity or become too strong to handle".

In the case of predators, they also became aggressive and dangerous, they said.

These animals were then no longer considered welcome house guests to be spoilt and pampered, and were condemned to a life behind bars and fences, said the SPCA.

"In most cases these cages are devoid of environmental enrichment, the animals will have little contact with their owners and become breeding machines. Due to the expensive upkeep of these animals, owners are forced to find other means to financially support them - for example breeding programmes and zoo-type exhibits," they said.

The SPCA promised to investigate the tiger's situation.

S. African tiger caught after 2 days on the run

S. African tiger caught after 2 days on the run

By MIA SNYMAN (AP) – July 29.2010

JOHANNESBURG — The escaped Bengal tiger who captured headlines across South Africa has been found and returned home after a 2-day search, hungry and worse for the wear after a jump from the back of a moving truck, the tiger's owners said Thursday.

The owners of Panjo, a full-grown tiger, say tracker dogs found the cat's scent late Wednesday in bush woodlands about 70 kilometers (40 miles) south of Johannesburg. The tiger was slightly hurt, evidently from jumping from a moving truck when it escaped Tuesday, an animal welfare group said.

Police had warned residents of the neighborhood not to approach Panjo, though the owners said it was tame and had been hand-raised from a cub. The hunt attracted widespread publicity in South Africa where tigers are not a native species.

The tiger appeared not to have eaten since its escape. The captors offered it raw meat and milk to attract it toward them to put on a harness.

"We felt relieved and very glad to see that Panjo was safe and sound and that no one harmed him," said Justin Fernandes, 25, the son of Panjo's owner, Goosey Fernandes.

Panjo was found after one of the search dogs spotted it in the field near the Fernandes' farm in the district of Groblersdal.

"Approximately an hour after we gave the dogs a break from the search, one of the dogs got a good sense near our farm. When we shone our lights in the grass we saw Panjo's eyes. We called him and when he heard our voices he started moving toward us slowly and greeted us," Justin Fernandes told The Associated Press.

Earlier searchers had used aircraft fitted with heat-seeking sensors to help find the 17-month-old tiger.

Isabel Wensel, an official with the South African Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said there was no evidence the tiger had attacked anyone.

"If he was hungry he probably would have hunted chickens as I believe that is what they usually fed him," Wensel said.

Panjo had "a few scrapes" on its face and a foot from jumping out of the moving truck, she said.

Wensel said the tiger might have followed its instincts as a wild animal if it had been confronted by humans. When found, the animal appeared frightened and bewildered and at first mock-charged its captors.

"Panjo is a very large tiger so we can only imagine what he is capable of," she said. "He was in a different environment to what he is used to and that always affects animal behavior."

Tiger 'on the loose' in Mpumalanga

Tiger 'on the loose' in Mpumalanga

2010-07-27 09:29

Groblersdal - The Mpumalanga Wildlife Management Unit and the province's SPCA were investigating the reported escape of a tiger on Tuesday morning, a provincial wildlife manager said.

"I just got a report from the SPCA that the animal escaped from the vehicle. It comes out of the Mpumalanga province and it's not supposed to be there," said Louw Steyn.

Steyn said if the tiger lived in Mpumalanga, it was doing so without a permit.

"I have checked, and there is no tiger registered in our province. We have checked with Gauteng and that tiger is also not registered there," said Steyn.

Eyewitness News reported that the animal broke out of a bakkie on the R25 between Groblersdal and Delmas while being taken to a vet in Springs.

"The Mpumalanga Nature Conservation Act states very clearly that you may not import an animal in the province," said Steyn.

The radio station reported that the 17-month-old Tiger called Panjo was tame.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Liger + Tiger + Lion = BIG CAT RESCUE!

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Monday, July 19, 2010

BOBCAT KITTENS Vs Rats/Chicks/Mice!

BOBCAT KITTENS - Episode 4, since last time we have switched the kittens from their milk diet to solid food (whole prey). They have exploded in size and have been having lots of fun in their inside environment!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wild tiger kills man in Indonesia's Aceh

Wild tiger kills man in Indonesia's Aceh

(AFP) – 19 hours ago

BANDA ACEH , Indonesia — A cocoa farmer was mauled to death by an endangered Sumatran tiger as he worked alone in his plantation on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a local official said Thursday.

The 48-year-old man, identified as Cut Hasan, was last seen by other farmers on Monday, the head of Geumpang village in Pidie district, Syaiful, told AFP.

The partially eaten body was found Wednesday several dozen metres from the plantation area, which lies 180 kilometres (110 miles) east of the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.

"The tiger broke his neck and shattered his skull. His abdomen was ripped open and there were multiple claw and canine marks on his body's parts," he said.

Human-animal conflicts are a rising problem as people encroach on wildlife habitats in Indonesia, an archipelago with some of the world's largest remaining tropical forests.

There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, according to the environmental group WWF.

Conservationist Didi Wuryanto said in March that up to 30 human deaths last year were attributed to tiger attacks.

According to the Geumpang chief, several villagers have seen two tigers roaming the village but the attack was the first such incident in the area.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tiger kills man in Uttar Pradesh

Tiger kills man in Uttar Pradesh

2010-06-24 11:00:00

A tiger killed a man in a village adjoining a forest area in Pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh, an official said Thursday.

The partially eaten body of Bulakiram, 55, was recovered Wednesday evening from the fields on the outskirts of Akora village, which is near Deuriya area of the Pilibhit forest reserve.

'Pugmarks found at the site indicate that the man was attacked by a male, adult tiger,' said Divisional Forest Officer V.K. Singh.

'Significantly, the Deuriya area of the forest reserve is not considered as tigers' territory. Field investigations carried out following the incident now indicate that two tigers are present in Deuriya,' Singh told IANS over telephone from Pilibhit, some 250 km from Lucknow.

Bulakiram had left his house Tuesday to collect wood and had been missing since then.

It's the third such incident in the district in the last two months.

As per the last census, Pilibhit forest reserve was home to 36 tigers.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bobcat Kitten FAIL

Midnight, Rain & Storm are three orphaned Bobcat kittens, find out more here:

Thursday, July 08, 2010

July 2010 AdvoCat Ezine with Big Cat Rescue News

The July 2010 issue of the Big Cat Rescue AdvoCat has stories about new tour times, the death of a beloved tiger, how concerned citizens are making the world a safer and more humane place and how a liger and an ocelot were given extraordinary vet care.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Ocelot Ear Surgery at Big Cat Rescue

When PurrFection the Ocelot developed a hemotoma on her ear she needed emergency surgery to alieviate the swelling.  It's been raining for days on end and we didn't want her to suffer so Big Cat Rescuers braved the weather to get her the vet care she needed.  When you operate a sanctuary for big cats it is a non stop committment.  That means feeding, cleaning, enriching and providing top notch vet care no matter how miserable the weather.  Watch this video of the day in the life of Big Cat Rescuers.

Monday, July 05, 2010

R.I.P Snorkel the Tiger ...

As a cub, Snorkel spent his early years forced to pose as a prop with people for their photos. Then he ended up caged for years at a family circus.Luckily, he found a true safe haven at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL.