Thursday, 29 October 2015

NEWSLINK: Leopard that spelt terror in Koodanahalli trapped

A leopard, which had struck fear among locals by prowling in Koodanahalli on the outskirts of the city, was trapped on Saturday.

The big cat had recently attacked a cattle, leading to panic among the villagers. The forest department placed a cage in a farmland. The leopard was found trapped in the cage early in the morning.


NEWSLINK: WWF calls for urgent action to protect snow leopards

With only 4,000 snow leopards left in the wild and 500 of them in India, a new report has urged countries to take urgent action in the wake of climate change to save the endangered species and conserve its "fragile" mountain habitats.


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

NEWSLINK: Florida panthers spotted in north Florida, though recovery elusive

A glance. Just a few seconds.

That was all. But it was enough for Frank Woodard to witness the seldom seen Florida panther as he drove down a rural highway near the Clay-Putnam County line in August.


NEWSLINK: Lions saved from Peru circus start new life in South Africa after help from UK charity

The traffic cones last a day, the giant bags of catnip a few minutes, the footballs just seconds. In a temporary compound in a dusty, down-at-heel suburb of Lima, the toys, and the stimulation they provide, are among the first treats that 24 lions rescued from Peruvian circuses have ever experienced.


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

NEWSLINK: 10-yr-old boy attacked by leopard

A 10-year-old boy was attacked by a leopard in Kukrigava village under the Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary here, forest officials said on Saturday.


UK: NEWSLINK: Big Cat ‘On The Loose In Kent’ After Walkers Find Stripped Animal Carcasses

Is a big animal-killing cat on the loose in Kent?

That’s what some experts believe - after the remains of mangled sheep, foxes, goats and deer were discovered in county fields.

It’s believed that a puma, panther or lynx could be behind the spree.


ARTICLE: As Tiger Numbers Dwindle, Will Smugglers Target a Different Cat?

Among wild cats, clouded leopards are increasingly coveted—and bred in captivity—for commercial purposes, according to a new study from University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. They’re being sold into the pet trade, to tourist attractions offering cat encounters, and to other such profit-driven businesses.


Sunday, 25 October 2015

PHOTO: Zimbabwe's innovative lion guard program protects both rural communities and lions

In this photo taken Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015 a lion guard, wearing a lion-like mask, demonstrates how he scares off lions using a plastic horn during a training session at their base in Hwange, south west of Zimbabwe's capital Harare. Zimbabwe’s lion guards are brave community members selected and trained to prevent attacks on humans and cattle by big cats who stray from the unfenced Hwange park, which sprawls over 14,500 square kilometres (5,625 sq. miles) in western Zimbabwe.

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NEWSLINK: Aussie attacked by Phuket tiger returns to Kingdom

The Australian tourist who was mauled by a Phuket tiger last year returned to Tiger Kingdom yesterday to visit the big cats.

“This is my first time on the island since the last visit twelve months ago. My leg is good… it healed well,” said Paul Goudie, who immediately set off for Tiger Kingdom with his wife Jennifer and son Jake, once they arrived in Phuket.


Friday, 23 October 2015

NEWSLINK: First confirmed cougar sighting in Tennessee in over 100 years

Big cats are coming back to Tennessee, and it's about time, or is it? The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has confirmed a Sept. 20 photo taken by Blake Spencer, of Mason Hall, Tenn. is indeed a cougar. Spencer was using an automatic game camera with motion sensors. The photo depicts a cougar roaming an area he likes to hunt in south Obion County near the town of Mason Hall.


NEWSLINK/PHOTO: Officers search for cougar in Oak Bay after young girl snaps picture

The search is on for a cougar in Oak Bay after a young girl who snapped a photo of the big cat called 911 to report it.

The cougar was last spotted in the area of Central Avenue at Monterey Avenue Friday afternoon, according to Oak Bay Police.


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

NEWSLINK: Three Young Mountain Lions Found Dead In Los Angeles Area

Three young mountain lions have been found dead in the mountains surrounding the Los Angeles area, highlighting the challenges the big cats face as they try to navigate the dangers of an urban landscape, wildlife officials said Friday.


NEWSLINK: Albuquerque BioPark lioness passes away

After being diagnosed almost a year ago with renal failure, Sarabi the lion passed away Friday morning at the ABQ BioPark Zoo.

The immediate cause of death was a ruptured splenic tumor, but according to the BioPark, renal failure is a common ailment in big cats.


VIDEO: Big Cat Pumpkin Toss offers creative spin on pumpkin carving

Carving pumpkins is a popular fall tradition, that isn't reserved for humans, alone. Tigers and lions at Untamed Mountain carved pumpkins this weekend- with their teeth.


Monday, 19 October 2015

NEWSLINK: Nature conservancy working to provide homes for big cats

In advance of Canada’s general election, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is hoping people get to practice voting by helping raise money for Maritime habitat of bobcat and provincially-endangered Canada lynx.


NEWSLINK: Proposed Bill to Free Captive Tigers and Wildcats in the U.S.

According to a report by Huffington Post, it is said that there are more captive tigers in the United States than in the wild worldwide. In an effort to free these wild animals, the Big Cat Public Safety Act would ban most private ownership of lions and tigers and other family of these species.

ARTICLE: Conservationist discusses her successful effort to protect lions

In the last 20 years, the population of lions has been cut in half and the animals have gone extinct in about 33 countries, researcher Amy Dickman said during an appearance Monday night at the St. Louis Zoo.

There are only about 10 lion strongholds left in the world, Dickman said. In total, there are fewer lions than rhinos, with a population of only about 20,000.


Sunday, 18 October 2015

VIDEO: Curious snow leopard investigates camera trap in India

Be they domestic tabbies or wild lions, curiosity almost always gets the cat. Take this inquisitive snow leopard cub, who decided to investigate a camera trap in India's Hemis National Park.


NEWSLINK: Five lions from former Romanian zoo to start a new life in African sanctuary

Petrica, Lavinia, Lidia, Tarhon Big, and Marin are the five lions who lived in a former zoo in Baia Mare, northwestern Romania, that get to start a new life in a sanctuary in Africa. After long years behind bars, they will make the first contact with the wild nature and other big cats.


ARTICLE: Albany woman sinks teeth into vet studies

Beth Burton spends her days preparing food, cleaning pens and training big cats as part of an internship at PrideRockWildlife Refuge in Terrell,Texas.

Burton, of Albany, has been intrigued with large cats since childhood, and after receiving her bachelor of science in biology from Southeastern Louisiana University this spring, she accepted an internship at PrideRock.


VIDEO: Jaguar leaps into water to snatch caiman

In this short clip posted to YouTube last month, one of these apex predators can be seen leaping into the water in pursuit of an invisible target. When the cat comes into view again moments later, tourists who appear to be filming the spectacle get to witness the jaguar's brief battle with the caiman, before the victor drags its spoils into the undergrowth.


Thursday, 15 October 2015

NEWSLINK: Missing tigress killed in Uttarakhand by poachers

Poachers killed an adult tigress in the forest of Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) in Uttarakhand, disclosed an official source on Monday evening. The tigress with her three cubs was often captured on cameras fitted by Uttarakhand forest division but she had not been sighted for the past two weeks.

The tigress is said to be almost 54 months old. According to sources, she was captured on camera for the first time in 2014.


ARTICLE: Southeast Idaho residents remember escaped big cats from 20 years ago

On April 1, 1995, the residents of Lava Hot Springs were told to keep their kids and pets inside because a lion had escaped from a nearby compound, known as Ligertown, according to Cathy Sher, the director of the South Bannock County Historical Center. Fortunately, this was just an April Fools joke.

A few months later, the town was completely shut down as law enforcement spent days killing and capturing lions, tigers and hybrid ligers that escaped from Ligertown, located just 2 miles outside of town. This time it wasn’t a joke.


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

NEWSLINK: Kaliasot dam hotspot for big cats

The Kaliasot dam, located on the outskirts of the capital Bhopal, has become the new hotspot for tiger sighting. People, especially youngsters, are constantly heading towards the forests around the dam to catch a glimpse of Tiger T-1, which frequently wanders off in these parts.


ARTICLE: Panthersville likely named for big cat

Let’s let the cat out of the bag.

Or at least add to the numerous stories of panther sightings in Georgia, this one in a portion of DeKalb County near where Interstate 285 and Interstate 20 now meet.

Folks have been telling the tale of Panthersville’s origins for 150 years, which likely earned its name from one of those mysterious big cats that supposedly still roam our state.


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

VIDEO: Big cats go wild for Calvin Klein

Wildlife Conservation Society researchers at the Bronx Zoo found that captive cheetahs were attracted to Calvin Klein's


NEWSLINK: Georgia 'frozen zoo' aims to save endangered large cats

A research team is aiming save endangered animals from extinction using a "frozen zoo."

Scientists at the University of Georgia are teaming with Zoo Atlanta to build a genetic storage center to help preserve big cats and other species.


NEWSLINK: SD GF&P Comm Kills Non-Resident Mountain Permit Plan

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission on Friday rejected a proposal to allow non-residents to join this season's mountain lion hunt, which starts December 26 in the Black Hills.

The commission did approve lowering the maximum number of big cats that be killed from last year's 75 total lions or 50 females, whichever was reached first, to 60 total or 40 females.


Monday, 12 October 2015

ARTICLE/PHOTOS: When Amitabh Bachchan Was Chased By A Tiger For 4km

Bollywood’s megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is always seen sharing each and everything about him on micro-blogging site twitter, added another series of tweets about his most memorable and thrilling day.

The ‘Piku’ star Amitabh Bachchan shared about his thrilling day experience after he was chased by a tiger for 4 kms in Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park Reserve.


NEWSLINK: Tiger rescued by Uppingham businessman has died

A rescued tiger flown 6,000 miles to be re-homed from a Greek zoo to a sanctuary for big cats in the USA has died.

Uppingham businessman David Barnes raised £13,,000 to fly Phevos, a 17-year-old, 40-stone tiger to the Lions, Tigers and Bear Sanctuary (LT&B)near San Diego, California last year.


NEWSLINK: Mountain lion found dead on popular hiking trail

An adult mountain lion was discovered dead Sept. 30 within the boundaries of Point Mugu State Park near Newbury Park.

Kate Kuykendall, spokesperson for the National Park Service, which tracks and researches the animals to help aid in their survival, confirmed to TheAcorn the animal’s death but would not release any further details. The animal’s death is being investigated, she said.


NEWSLINK: Dramatic cougar chase in Victoria ends with big cat felled by tranquilizer dart

It was the perfect Hollywood ending to a guns-drawn pursuit of a cougar bounding across backyards, over fences and through garages in a downtown Victoria neighbourhood steps from British Columbia’s legislature.

Dozens of residents peered over fences or stood on balconies watching the drama as police and conservation officers with dogs ran through alleys and along sidewalks with their pistols drawn as noisy crows led the chase from the sky.


NEWSLINK: Cougar sightings in south Oak Bay spark warning

Police are urging residents to stay vigilant after reports of a cougar in south Oak Bay.

Local schools have been notified and police as well as the BC Conservation Officer Service are investigating the sightings.


NEWSLINK: Scovill Zoo cheetah Runako dies

After more than a decade delighting visitors to Scovill Zoo, one of its two cheetah brothers died Monday.

Runako suffered difficulty eating over the past two weeks, zoo director Ken Frye said Tuesday. He grew weaker, had trouble walking and began to lose control of bodily functions. Blood work indicated he was in kidney failure.


NEWSLINK: Councillor calls for big exotic animals to go from Hamilton Zoo

 A city politician says Hamilton Zoo should stop exhibiting large exotic animals.

Hamilton City Councillor Andrew King said tigers and other large animals have no place in a New Zealand zoo. He doesn't oppose the council's owning a zoo, but said keeping large animals caged in cold environments is inhumane.


NEWSLINK: Zookeeper killed in tiger attack

Experienced zookeeper Samantha Kudewah died yesterday morning when the tiger, a Sumatran male called Oz, attacked her at Hamilton Zoo, south of Auckland.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

NEWSLINK: Tiger toothache cured by Mayfair dentist

A "grumpy" 31-stone (200kg) tiger with an infected tooth has been treated by a Mayfair dentist.

Keepers at Noah's Ark Zoo near Bristol noticed their large male tiger, Khan, was "a bit off" and spotted a chip in his five-inch-long (13cm) canine tooth.


NEWSLINK: PAWS shares news of passings

In the wake of recovering from the Butte Fire, PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) wildlife sanctuary shares related news along with word of two PAWS residents’ recent passings.

Big cat rescue Bambek, 23, was one of four African lions that Animal Defenders International was able to free from a Bolivian circus, after which they were relocated to the sanctuary five years ago. The last surviving of three males from that rescue, Bambek, like the others, developed cancer.


NEWSLINK: Paru, the Rescued Tiger, relaxes in his personal pool

Splish, splash! A tiger in Brazil is all about breaking stereotypes by showing that big cats can love water, too.

While Brazil faces a heat wave with temperatures in the mid 90s, Paru, a rescued Bengal tiger at the Racho dos Gnomos sanctuary has found a way to cool off: sitting in his spa with water up to his neck.


Monday, 5 October 2015

NEWSLINK: Father fights cougar off of 2yr old daughter

With a cougar’s jaws wrapped around the head of his two-year-old daughter, Travis Nielsen selflessly did what any other parent would do.

The Tahsis, B.C. father fired a punch at the big cat and shielded his daughter, Bree, before it could do any more harm.

Friday, 2 October 2015

NEWSLINK: Warning issued after tiger family attacks forest guards

A warning has been issued to the villages in Terai East Forest Division after a tigress, spotted in the area along with her cubs, attacked forest guards on patrol. The big cat was caught on camera trap last week.


NEWSLINK: Wagholi traps sighted leopard

Just about a week after leopard sightings were reported from Wagholi, the Pune forest division finally trapped a big cat at Awalwadi village there early on Friday morning. The leopard, a seven to eight year- old male, was frequently spotted by locals and had attacked dogs and livestock as well.


NEWSLINK: Mystery feline spotted around UK town

One furry Waterbury resident is getting a lot of attention lately on Front Porch Forum, and no, it’s not Murphy the dog.

Local users of the community-building website have been abuzz about a large cat seen wandering around town, mostly because nobody knows exactly what it is.

Stowe Street resident Angie Gentley was the first to see the mystery cat when she was waiting for her neighbor to get home one evening a couple weeks ago.


Thursday, 1 October 2015

NEWSLINK: Hope for India's Bengal Tigers as US and Tourist groups get involved

As with several other big cats and large mammals in the world, Bengal tigers are under threat of extinction. Various efforts are now being made to both combat poaching and to protect India’s Bengal tigers in their natural habitats.


NEWSLINK: Rugby World Cup fever in Longleat Lions

If these 'roarsome' pictures are any indication, Rugby World Cup fever has infected the animal kingdom - and these leaping lions are keen to show off their skills.

The pride of lions at Longleat Safari Park, in Wiltshire, held an open training session for spectators ahead of England's clash against Wales on Saturday.


NEWSLINK: US President Barack Obama Asked to Raise Issue of Tiger Trade With China

More than a dozen leading NGO's including those from India today exhorted US President Barack Obama to raise the issue of trade in tiger organs in China when he meets his Chinese counterpart.

In a joint letter to the US President, NGOs urged Mr Obama to impress upon China the vital need to take immediate action to protect the fewer than 3,200 wild tigers remaining across Asia.


ARTICLE: Studies says cities must coexist with big cats

City dwellers should be willing to share space with big cats like leopards in urban areas bordering forests.

This is the conclusion of a 15-year research by wildlife researchers which stresses that the wild cats have adapted very well to the city environment and should not be translocated because of pressure from public and the media