Sunday, 17 September 2017

VIDEO: Mountain Lion and Cub Spotted In Palo Alto

A mountain lion and cub were spotted in a 100-foot-tall redwood tree in Palo Alto Thursday morning, but have not been seen since according to police.


Police said the call came at 6:20 a.m. from a resident in the 1700 block of Webster Street.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

VIDEO: Tiger Attacks Circus Trainer, Drags Him Across Stage

An 'overworked' tiger lost its temper and attacked a handler during a live circus act gone wrong in China's Yingkou City on Saturday. Shocked audience members sat just 2 metres away as the animal dragged one of the handlers across the stage during the show. A short clip of the unfortunate incident has been circulating on social media.

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NEWSLINK: A teen bought a tiger on the streets for $300, when there are less than 4,000 in the wild

It’s happened again. Recently, an 18-year-old from California bought a baby Bengal tiger on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico for $300 and then tried to smuggle the baby tiger into the United States.


When U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials inspected the vehicle at the border, they found the tiger laying on the passenger seat floor. The teen, Luis Euardo Valencia, says he bought the baby tiger from someone in Tijuana who was walking an adult tiger on a leash, according to court documents. Sadly, several Bengal tigers, native to South Asia, have been seized this year by Mexican authorities in Tijuana. Valencia has been placed in custody and then released on a $10,000 bond. If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison.

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NEWSLINK: Farmer sustains injuries in cheetah attack

A farmer sustained injuries when cheetah attacked him at his residence at Rajulamadugu village in Utnoor mandal on Sunday night. He is undergoing treatment in a government hospital in Utnoor. Few days back, another farmer belonging to same village received injuries as the carnivore attacked him.


Rajulamadugu forest beat officer Janardhan said that the injured was 22-year old Kodapa Amrutha Rao, son of Jangu and native of Rajulamadugu. 

In the earlier incident, it was Raju of same habitation.

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Thursday, 7 September 2017

VIDEO: Leopard bites and punctures Kruger visitor’s tyre

It is rare to spot a leopard in the wild and even rarer to have the big cat bite and puncture your tyre. But this was the case for 38-year-old, Johann Jurgens, director of a South African tour company (SouthAfricanBookings.com). He was touring around Pretoriuskop and was near to Klipspringer Koppies with guests when they encountered a surprise visitor who took a particular interest in their tyre.


According to Jurgens, he found seven puncture marks in the tyre after the leopard bit into it.

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

NEWSLINK: After a four-year wait, Mukundara Hills to get three tigers

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on Friday gave the green signal for relocation of one tiger and two tigresses from Ranthambhore National Park to Mukundara Hills tiger reserve, about 300 km south of Jaipur.


The decision was taken at a meeting held in New Delhi. The big cats will be relocated by December this year, officials said.

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VIDEO: Tiger cub part of illicit flow of exotic animals crossing the Mexico border

Live snakes wrapped in tight coils. Sea turtle eggs in ice coolers. Exotic birds in nylon stockings, drugged and packed by the dozen in stereo speakers.


And most recently, a tiger cub, nestled between the feet of a passenger in a Camaro.


They are not as common as the drugs and unauthorized immigrants who are daily discovered trying to crossing the U.S.-Mexico border at ports of entry, but live animals are a regular sight in vehicles making their way north, part of an estimated $7 billion to $23 billion illegal global wildlife trade.

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

VIDEO: Security Camera Catches Mountain Lion Walking Through South Sacramento Storage Yard

A security camera caught a brief video of what appeared to be mountain lion in the storage yard of Capitol Steel Products.

Workers were shocked to see a mountain lion in the busy industrial area surrounding Power Inn Road near Lemon Hill Avenue, even if it was at around 3 in the morning.


Morrison Creek, a major watershed in South Sacramento, is home to wildlife like skunks and possums that can be prey for big cats.


Neighboring businesses say they will be cautious at night when mountain lions are active. That especially goes for the steel businesses employees who work the night shift.

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NEWSLINK: Tourist safaris disturb Kabini’s wildlife, warn experts

“Leopard!” shouts someone with keen eyes and the 25-seater bus screeches to a halt. It reverses frantically on the muddy forest trail until the big cat is in full view: the noise of the bus and loud exclamations of the tourists wake the slumbering leopard splayed out on a tree trunk.


The tourists click photographs in a frenzy, but the leopard turns its face away. As if on cue, the driver releases the brakes — several loud hisses that make sure the big cat does not take its eyes off the bus. As the bus leaves the site, two jeeps race in. At the end of the safari, a tourist walks over to the driver and tips him for the 'good sighting'.


However, wildlife experts less than happy and have raised concerns over disturbance to wildlife from these official safaris.

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NEWSLINK: Ongava records lion population increase

Despite ever-increasing threats to some of the rarest animals on the planet, Ongava Game Reserve in the Kunene Region has recorded an increase in its lion population due to successful conservation efforts.

Recently there have been worrisome incidences of lion poisoning in Kunene.


Recently six lions from Etosha National Park were alleged to have attacked and killed livestock in the bordering Omusati Region, which prompted communal farmers to take the law into their own hands and gun down the big cats.


However, Ongava Game Reserve is proud to own such predators, as they are aware that conserving these big cats brings in a good number of tourists, which helps boost the Namibian economy.

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

ARTICLE: 25 lost leopard cubs reunited with their mothers in Maharashtra

In the past two years, 25 leopard cubs found lost in forests in Pune’s Junnar taluka have been reunited with their mothers.


Earlier, the forest department used to release rescued cubs in the wild. Realising that abandoned cubs can’t survive in the environment, they started to track down their mothers.


The state forest department, with help of veterinarians from Mandikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre (MLRC) and NGO Wildlife SOS, reunited 18 lost cubs in Junnar, Ambegaon, Khed and Shirur in 2016 and the rest this year.


Members of the rescue centre said cubs get lost when their mothers go hunting leaving them in sugarcane or banana plantation.

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ARTICLE: Interspecies Hybrids Play a Vital Role in Evolution

In a paper published last month in Science Advances, a team of researchers from institutions spanning seven countries examined the genomes of the five members of the Panthera genus, often called the “big cats”: lions, leopards, tigers, jaguars and snow leopards. The scientists sequenced the genomes of the jaguar and leopard for the first time and compared them with the already existing genomes for the other three species, finding more than 13,000 genes that were shared across all five.

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NEWSLINK: Satellite collars can save big cats in the wild, say biologists

Satellite collars, though possibly detrimental to their daily activities, can save the wild cats from being killed by humans, international big cat biologists say.

Domestic animals are easy prey for a carnivore. Attacks on them often lead to retaliation the world over by locals. “While documenting the diets of puma and jaguar using GPS (global positioning system) collars, we were notified many times that ‘I would have killed a jaguar I observed, but I was afraid it may have had a GPS collar on it’,” Ron Thompson and Ivonne Cassaigne, North America’s most experienced big cat biologists, said.

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

NEWSLINK: Teen tells judge he bought tiger cub on streets of Mexico

A California teenager who says he bought a Bengal tiger cub on the streets of Tijuana for $300 was arrested when he tried to bring it into the United States in his 2017 Chevy Camaro.


Luis Eudoro Valencia was charged with smuggling a Bengal tiger into the United States after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials found the furry cub lying on the floor of the passenger side of his car during an inspection around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Otay Mesa border crossing.

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PHOTOS: Lions go wild when they see their ‘godmother’ in Slovakia

This is the heartwarming moment two rescued lions went crazy when they came face to face with the woman who helped to raise them.

Malkia and Adelle were rejected by their mother when they were cubs and were handed over to a big cat rescue centre in Slovakia.
Their parents had been used in circuses across the Eastern European province.

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

ARTICLE: Tracking the Elusive Snow Leopard in India

Squinting into a battered old telescope, I scan the craggy ridgeline for a flicker of feline movement. It is wintertime in Ladakh’s remote Ulley Valley, a sparsely populated desert region high in the Indian Himalayas, and somewhere up there amid the frozen cliffs, the extraordinary snow leopard is lying in wait. I pan from left to right, right to left, searching for some sign of the endangered cat—perhaps a flash of pale-green eyes or a blur of spotted fur. Alas, I see nothing.

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NEWSLINK: Zookeeper-governor candidate feuds with PETA over tigers

A roadside animal park and its colorful zookeeper, Joe Exotic, are entrenched in a new battle with animal welfare activists over the fate of 19 tigers from a troubled Florida zoo.
Greater Wynnewood Animal Park zookeeper and Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate Joe “Exotic” Maldonado says the animals now legally belong to him. The nonprofit People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants the Florida tigers to go to a wildlife refuge in Colorado.

Maldonado has claimed to have as many as 200 tigers, lions and hybrid big cats at Greater Wynnewood Animal Park, but federal inspection records from 2016 put the number of cats at the park closer to 100. The zoo has already built new cages to house the Florida tigers, Maldonado said.
“The tigers are here to stay,” Maldonado said. “They are comfortable and they are home.”


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NEWSLINK: Two pumas rescued from Argentina zoo find sanctuary in U.S

In 2015, a zoo in Rawson, Argentina closed due to lack of funding and public pressure. Many animals were kept behind metal bars in barren cages. In recent years, several zoos in Argentina have closed down for similar reasons. IFAW does not currently actively participate in zoo closures, however IFAW and partners committed to this rescue more than two years ago and felt it was important to honor that commitment.

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NEWSLINK: Forest department to set up camera trap to keep tabs on leopards

The forest department will setup camera trap to keep tabs on a leap of leopards spotted near Munnar.


On Wednesday a leap of five leopards was spotted in the human settlement of Puthukudi Kavala under Kundala estate division at Munnar. According to Shekar, a plantation worker at Kundala estate division, he saw the big cats near some bush adjacent to the water tank at Puthukudy Kavala. He then informed his son, a photographer, who clicked the picture of one of the leopards.


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Thursday, 24 August 2017

NEWSLINK: Rare Sumatran tigers return to Sydney as Taronga Zoo welcomes four of the big cats

Four critically endangered Sumatran tigers have returned to Sydney's Taronga Zoo after renovations on their exhibit to make it feel a little more like home.

Clarence, a six-year-old adult male, Jumilah, a 14-year-old adult female born and her cubs Kembali, a male and Kartika, a female, will now occupy the exhibit which was recreated to resemble the Kambas National Park, in Indonesia.

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ARTICLE: Why Ranthambhore is losing its big cats

Little over a decade has passed since Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar district of Rajasthan lost all its tigers to poaching. The horrific times for wildlife conservation are still etched in the memories of wildlife lovers. Major accomplishments have been achieved in the field of wildlife conservation since then, but now Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve seems to be facing a similar threat.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

SIGHTING, UK: Does this amazing footage finally prove Fife has a big cat?

A shocked Rosyth woman has posted what appears to be the best evidence yet that big cats do indeed prowl the wilds of Fife.


Sabrina Mahmood posted three videos of a mysterious creature making its way across fields on the outskirts of Rosyth.


The videos show a black or dark-coloured animal with cat-like movement. Sabrina says the animal has been confirmed as a big cat.

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ARTICLE: Captive big cats show stress in different ways

Observing wild animals in zoos is a refreshing break from everyday monotony for most of us. For the zoo animals, on the other hand, it’s a stressful life. Animals in zoos show certain specific behaviours not seen in their wild counterparts: elephants sway their heads from side to side, chimps rock back and forth, bears bite their feet, giraffes lick walls, and leopards pace in their cages, to name a few. Known as ‘stereotypy’, these behaviours are coping responses commonly observed in captive wild animals.

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VIDEO: Could the legendary Durham puma be the star of a new film?

A filmmaker has released the first footage from a new project inspired by sightings of the Durham puma.

There have been numerous sightings of the legendary big cat in County Durham dating back to the 1980s.

But it is now going to take a starring role in a new film created by Durham writer Paul Stainthorpe.

The designer and blogger, from Newton Hall, has been working on a story for around a year after being inspired by a story from a friend who claims to have seen the beast.

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VIDEO: Fearless cows chase off lions in Indian village

Security cameras were rolling in a village in India when a showdown between lions and a herd of cows ended with an unexpected victory for the bovines.


The footage from the Aug. 13 incident in the village of Rampar, in the Amreli area, shows a pride of lions wandering the streets of the village in search of food.


A fearless cow faces down one of the big cats just before a herd of reinforcements appears and chases the lions down the road.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

NEWSLINK: Administration for big cats national park inaugurated

The administration for the much-anticipated tiger and leopard national park was officially inaugurated in Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin Province.


Launch of the Northeast Tiger and Leopard National Park Administration is a big step forward in protection of the endangered animals, said Zhang Jianlong, head of the State Forestry Administration.


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NEWSLINK: Fife big cat expert dismisses Rosyth sighting

A Fife big cat expert has dismissed claims that a fearsome feline is stalking the region.


George Redpath claims that video footage shot from a Rosyth flat at the weekend shows a large domestic cat, after speculation mounted that the mysterious dark creature may have been an animal such as a puma or jaguar.


The footage was shot by local woman Sabrina Mahmood, and has since created a huge buzz online.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

NEWSLINK: Tiger count goes up in Nallamala forest

Thanks to the conservation efforts by forest officials in the State by roping in the Chenchu tribals, the number of big cats in the Nallamala tracts had gone up to 45, including 31 tigresses, Markapur Division Forest Officer B. Jayachandra Reddy said here on Saturday.


The local community was fully involved in thwarting any misadventure by poachers, Mr. Reddy said.

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ARTICLE: Beauty and terror in the jungle

“GRRR....kerr...eooowww“ “Grrr....kerr...eooowww" The men in the Gurkha patrol stop dead in their tracks. No one dared to move even a muscle. They begin to wonder whether what they‘re hearing is an enemy signal warning them of an imminent ambush. Thankfully, their fear proves to be unfounded when the sounds persist. No communist terrorist would keep on calling out like that as it would be a dead giveaway!


Choosing to remain vigilant and constantly pepared for a communist attack, the captain signals to his best tracker to check out the source of the commotion while the rest of the troops seek cover behind a clump of tall trees. They‘d be ready to provide backup to their comrade should things start to go south.


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NEWSLINK: Celebrity launches a new fund to save the lions

Lions are in trouble – there are just 20,000 today, down from 200,000 around 100 years ago. But everyone’s favorite eco-warrior, Leonardo DiCaprio, isn’t going to sit by while big cat populations plummet. His foundation has teamed up with the Wildlife Conservation Network to launch the Lion Recovery Fund (LRF), a nonprofit that seeks to double the amount of lions by 2050.

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ARTICLE: When a Rare Jaguar Attack Becomes a Conservation Opportunity

Outside his outpost, a Colombian Navy guardsman wakes from a quick nap to see a jaguar inches from his face. A scrap ensues. The cat bites the guardsman’s thigh, but the man defends himself with the butt of his rifle. In seconds, the jaguar disappears into the night. The man lives to tell the tale.


His story mentions how the big cat tried to eat him. But an expert called in to review the case, which took place at the end of 2012 on the Uraba Coast, where the Colombia jungle gives way to a gnarled mass of saltwater mangroves, isn’t so sure about that.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

NEWSLINK: What Pilibhit Tiger Reserve can learn from its Bengal counterpart

Disquiet has given way to clamour in the fields around Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Uttar Pradesh. At the heart of this clamour is an unfolding tragedy, as one or more tigers continue to claim human lives. Fifteen people have lost their lives since last November. Villagers have blocked highways and traded charges with forest managers. But the solutions considered thus far to mitigate the human-animal conflict in Pilibhit have been mostly poorly thought out.

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NEWSLINK: National tiger conservation authority asks state to tame jungle traffic

Karnataka’s popular tiger safaris will now operate under stricter guidelines aimed at creating minimum disturbance and human interference while watching the big cats in the wild. National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the apex body on tiger conservation in India, has directed the chief wildlife wardens of all states to crack down on unruly traffic and chaos inside the forest during safaris.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

NEWSLINK: Limpopo lions being killed for muti that gives ‘power in business’

Chests were cut open and organs, such as the heart and adrenal glands were removed.

Four lions were killed in Limpopo over the weekend, driving speculation that body parts of the big cats are being used to make muti that reportedly gives users greater power in business and over people.


Police in Limpopo reported yesterday that two lions were killed in the Kwaggadans lion enclosure in Vaalwater, near Lephalale, on Friday night. Another pair was killed near Bushfellows Game Lodge in the Marble Hall area on Saturday.

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NEWSLINK: Tiger revival programme in Satkosia soon

In a bid to revive the large cat population in Satkosia, tiger supplementation in the habitat is proposed to be carried out soon, the State Government informed the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).


Well-placed sources said the Forest Department is planning the first release of tigers in the ratio of 1:2 (male:female) in the first quarter of next year. A second release will be conducted later in the year with a pair of male and female.


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NEWSLINK: Odisha Plans To Release Tigers In Forest To Raise Big Cat Population

The Odisha government is planning to release adult Royal Bengal Tigers in low-tiger density forests in a bid to raise the population of the big cats. "We are planning to release a pair of tigers at Satkosia tiger reserve in Angul district on a pilot basis. If the scheme is successful, the government may undertake similar efforts in other forests," Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Sandeep Tripathy said today.

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VIDEO: Rare white lion cubs pose for the cameras at Crimean safari park

Four rare and adorable white lion cubs have been born in a safari park in Crimea, the region of Ukraine annexed by Vladimir Putin.


The quadruplets made their public debut at the park after conveniently being born on August 10 - World Lion Day.


Oleg Zubkov, a 'lion whisperer' and owner of Taigan Safari Park, which has remained open despite Russia retaking control of Crimea, hailed their birth as a 'great event'.

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Monday, 14 August 2017

NEWSLINK: Bir Talab Deer Park finally gets three leopards

After a wait of three years, three leopards have been brought at the mini zoo-cum-deer park situated at Bir Talab in Bathinda. Sharing information on the development Monday, forest range officer Harbhjan Singh stated that two male and one female leopard have been brought here from the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park Chhatbir. He added that the public can catch a glimpse of the leopards from September onwards.

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VIDEO: Pregnant lioness rescued from war-torn Aleppo zoo gives birth to healthy cub

Life can't get much sadder for a lion trapped in a tiny cage smack bang in the middle of a war zone, but at least there's some good news for Dana the lioness.


The big cat, rescued from a bomb-ravaged zoo on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, has given birth to a healthy baby cub.


Born on Sunday, the tiny cub has been a source of joy for volunteers from the Four Paws organisation that coordinated the evacuation of the abandoned zoo.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

SIGHTING, UK: ‘Big cat’ spotted crossing road in St Albans

At about 5.30am on July 27, the motorist, who would prefer not to be named, was driving his car to work through Jersey Farm - when a large brown or sandy coloured feline crossed his path.
Dash-cam footage of the journey was unfortunately too blurred to show the cat in action.
He contacted his ex-wife, who told the Herts Ad: “He said it definitely wasn’t domestic. The tail was massive, very big, he had never seen anything like it.

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ARTICLE: What it's like to walk with lions in Zimbabwe

We were out on Zimbabwe’s open savannah, my eyes swimming in the heat, and the lion was right in front of me. So I stretched out my hand to stroke it...


But it was the lion, not I, who was the endangered species here. And the walk is part of a programme to protect them.


The number of African lions has halved in the past 25 years, so charities are breeding them in captivity, introducing the cubs to stalking and hunting, before they are released into an enclosed reserve to hunt and fend for themselves. And it is only the cubs they give birth to here, who have had no human contact, that can go wild.

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NEWSLINK: Mountain lion killed in south-central Idaho

Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game say they have shot and killed a mountain lion in south-central Idaho.


The agency announced Monday the female big cat was one of two mountain lions that had killed several domestic cats and a dog in the past week near Oakley.


Fish and Game officers have set up live traps to capture the second mountain lion.
In Idaho, mountain lions posing an immediate threat to a person or property can be killed without a proper license tag.

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NEWSLINK: Human-wildlife conflict in India: 1 human killed every day

A deadly conflict is underway between India's growing masses and its wildlife, confined to ever-shrinking forests and grasslands, with data showing that about one person has been killed every day for the past three years by roaming tigers or rampaging elephants.

Statistics released this week by India's Environment Ministry count a total of 1,144 people killed between April 2014 and May of this year.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

NEWSLINK: French police search for 'big cat' spotted near area popular with British tourists

French police have called off a search for a “big cat” spotted in the Normandy countryside after failing to find the feline despite “credible” reports of sightings.


A police officer was one of two people who reported seeing an animal resembling a lioness or a lynx near the A84 motorway, outside the village of La Colombe, in an area popular with British holidaymakers.

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PHOTOS: Super rare tigers photographed in the wild

WWF photographer, Emmanuel Rondeau takes pictures of rare tigers in a remote area of Bhutan

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NEWSLINK: Kenyan lions kill 1 person grazing livestock in city park

Two lions attacked and killed one person among a group of men grazing cattle in Kenya's Nairobi National Park at night, police said, highlighting the increasing conflict between wildlife and human communities as the capital city expands.


The group of herders was attacked around 2 a.m. and wardens were able to rescue seven people, said Kenya Wildlife Service ranger Martin Omondi. However, an 18-year-old man was killed by the lions and most of his body was eaten, the report said.

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NEWSLINK: Palamu reserve brings captive sambars to increase tiger prey base

The Palamu Tiger Reserve (PTR) authority has brought 16 sambars from Ranchi’s Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park, popularly known as Birsa Zoo, to increase the prey base for the big cats in Jharkhand’s lone tiger den.


However, food, public distribution and consumer affairs minister Saryu Rai has raised objection over shifting of the animals from zoo to wild and termed it as gross of violation of wildlife norms.


The number of tigers in PTR has dropped to three, which has become cause for concern for authorities. They assign dwindling population of sambar the reason behind fall in numbers of big cats.

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

NEWSLINK: Mountain lion P-55 crosses 101 and 118 freeways with all nine lives intact

That old adage about curiosity and the fate of felines didn’t hold true for one Southern California mountain lion recently.


National Park Service researchers say a male mountain lion named P-55 was documented successfully crossing the 101 Freeway — a rare event for the region’s big cats.


P-55, described as a “subadult male,” represents only the fourth case of a successful crossing since the NPS began its mountain lion study in 2002.


The puma also made it across Highway 23 and the 118 Freeway and is currently roaming the Santa Susana Mountains, according to the NPS.


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SIGHTING, UK: Big cat 'the size of a labrador' spotted in Cambridgeshire

A man is "100 per cent convinced" he is the latest person to spot the fabled "Fen Tiger" of Cambridgeshire.


Steve Lawrence, 60, said he saw a "panther" running across a rural road at 8.20 am on Monday (July 31).
He described witnessing a Labrador-sized dark-brown feline emerge from a bush, dart past his car and cross two lanes of a motorway bypass in three bounds.


The construction site manager, from Over, said he fears the mystery big cat could attack children and pets.

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

NEWSLINK: Did the mountain lion spotted outside Stater Bros. in Tustin kill a pet cat?

At dawn two weeks back, Adam Dupre walked outside his Tustin home to find a devastating sight.
Family cat Shadow lay mortally injured, the victim of an animal attack.


“My husband was crying when he told me, and I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen him cry,” said Alisen Dupre.


At first, the couple, who live in a town home complex off Red Hill Avenue, assumed a coyote was to blame — even though coyotes have become a rarity in the area, she said. Still, the deep puncture wounds on Shadow’s body seemed odd.

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NEWSLINK: Bengal tigers get bigger sanctuary

Bangladesh has more than doubled the size of the wildlife sanctuary in the world's largest mangrove forest to try to protect endangered Bengal tigers whose numbers have fallen sharply, officials said Tuesday.


More than half or 52 percent of the 6,017 square kilometre (2,325 square mile) Sundarbans – one of the largest habitats of the tigers – has been declared a sanctuary this week, said the government's chief forest conservator Shafiul Alam.

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

NEWSLINK: Paphos Zoo tiger goes wild to boost population

Paphos zoo is celebrating as one of their hand-reared Siberian tiger cubs is about to be released into a protected forest in Russia to help increase the dwindling numbers of the animals in the wild.


Ioulious Christoforou told the Cyprus Mail that he was ecstatic when he heard the news, as he hand-reared the female tiger cub named Aphrodite for the first part of her life. The female cub was born to Siberian tiger, Bonnie and Clyde in April 2015 at Paphos Zoo, but her mother was unable to produce enough milk, so Christoforou stepped in to help.

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NEWSLINK: Mumbai’s Film City shut down after five leopard attacks

The Maharashtra forest department has asked Film City in Goregaon to stop shooting at outdoor sites for the next eight days till a leopard suspected of attacking five children in the area is trapped.


Officials from the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari confirmed that eight locations where films or television series are shot have been closed for at least eight days. Film City is located on the boundary of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), which has a leopard population of over 20, and the Aarey Milk Colony, where the cats are known to enter in search of prey.

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Monday, 31 July 2017

VIDEO: Confused mountain lion jumps through apartment window and lands on sleeping woman's bed

Cats have a habit of waking their owners up when they feel like it, but a Californian woman received an extra-rude awakening when a mountain lion leapt through her window and landed on her bed.


Security footage shows the big cat running in front of a truck before heading into a bowling alley door.

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NEWSLINK: Boost for Dudley Zoo's snow leopards

Director Derek Grove has been given the go-ahead to start the improvement project, which was one of six unveiled at the start of the year.


The size of the enclosure will be doubled to give the animals more space and visitors better views of the big cats.


Money for the scheme was generated through fundraising during 2016 and it will include an extension to the outdoor facilities as well as new glass viewing areas and platforms for the snow leopards.


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Thursday, 27 July 2017

NEWSLINK: Wynnewood zoo to take in big cats

Some really big cats who now appear to be homeless are expected to soon arrive at a zoo facility in nearby Wynnewood.


In fact, it's a whole bunch of tigers, more than 20 in all, who are on their way for a stop at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park.


Joe Maldonado and others at the park are now looking for a little help as efforts are focused on ensuring these new arrivals will be cared for at their facility.

Tops on that list is getting the materials needed to enlarge enough cages for all the tigers scheduled to come this weekend.


“We're getting 22 tigers in one load on Sunday,” Maldonado said.

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NEWSLINK: MP forest officers in blame game over tiger deaths

More than 15 months after a tigress and two cubs were found poisoned to death inside the Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, a war of words has broken out between the Indian Forest Service officers, one of them being partly responsible for poaching, and the other alleging that the meat of spotted deer killed in the park was served in nearby resorts.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

NEWSLINK: Saving 2 tigers gives more value than the cost of Mangalyaan!

Comparing tigers and Mangalyaan may seem bizarre but a new bio-economic analysis throws up interesting statistics -- saving two big cats gives more value than the cost of India’s much-hyped maiden mission to Mars.


In a one-of-its-kind analysis, an Indo-Australian team of scientists has published a paper titled ‘Making the hidden visible: Economic valuation of tiger reserves in India’ in the journal Ecosystem Services.

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ARTICLE: The lady and the panther: Life-changing communication with animals

What would it be like to be able to communicate with other animals on this planet? With two-thirds of all nonhuman animal life already destroyed by us, we are in need of redemption to save them and ourselves.

In order to speak to us, animals usually have to overcome a lot of trauma. Imagine being a Wisconsin woodland creature, having watched your young fawns or best friend shot in front of you. Imagine watching your mother bear run by packs of dogs and shot out of a tree, never to return to help you survive your first winter. Imagine walking along the creek in winter to find a young beaver in a trap, struggling to breathe and stay above the waterline, or a fox dying in a steel jaw trap.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

NEWSLINK: More reported cougar sightings off back of recent article

Last week’s column about a confirmed cougar sighting in southern Michigan brought us mail from readers who believe they saw one in this area about year ago.

Scott Helms of South Bend wrote:

“Last year my wife and I spotted one at Potato Creek State Park. We were driving not too far from the main gate, heading toward the nature center to go walking when we smelled a dead carcass in the air. Immediately after, we spotted a large cat-like animal run across the road in front of our vehicle. Unfortunately, it didn’t want to stand around for a photo op, otherwise we would have taken a picture. When we reported it to a DNR officer at the Nature Center, he told us they have had other reports just like ours, but until someone gets a photo, they can’t confirm it. During the past year, someone reported on Facebook a sighting west of South Bend. That person didn’t get a photo either.”

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NEWSLINK: Leopard shocker for residents of Kolar

People of Arabhikottanur and forest department officials heaved a sigh of “little” relief after an eight-year-old male leopard was found trapped on Saturday night in a cage placed by the forest department at Arabhikottanur village in Kolar district. A large number of villagers thronged to see the trapped leopard in the village. The forest department staff, who arrived at the spot, shifted the feline to the Nagarahole forest.

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NEWSLINK: Lynx release plans for Kielder and Scottish Borders take giant stride forward

Plans to introduce big cats back to the Borders have taken a giant stride forward.


Just over a year ago the Lynx UK Trust announced their plans to explore the possibility of bringing the Eurasian lynx back into the British ecosystem.


An international team of experts has spent the last year detailing an approach to a reintroduction, consulting with national stakeholders, studying potential release sites, and consulting with local communities and businesses.

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PHOTO: Shadow of a Cub Brings More Hope for Tigers in Russia

A photograph just released by PROO Tiger Center provides further evidence that tigers are re-colonizing lost habitat in Russia.


The image shows Svetlaya, an adult Amur tigress that was orphaned in the wild, raised in captivity, and released back into the wild in 2014, walking along a trail in April 2017 with her back half caked in spring mud. But what really has scientists celebrating is that the photograph reveals the legs and shadow of at least one cub!

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

ARTICLE: Beyond the barbed wire: animal-human conflict

The animal-human conflict is on the rise as evident from frequent print and visual reports of tiger and leopard straying into human habitation and attacking people and livestock. Usually these predators’ end is fatal, with a lucky few being rescued by authorities to be relocated. In the mass hysteria generated by such cases, the critical why and how of the incident is crucially missed. This is what Krishnendu Bose’s 45-minute documentary The Tiger Who Crossed The Line, winner of the National Award for Best Environment Film including Best Agricultural Film 2016, brings into sharp focus.

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NEWSLINK: Beardsley Zoo Opens Viewing Area For Rare Amur Leopards

The zoo has opened its newest renovation this summer: A large viewing window and sheltered wooden platform has been added to make it easier for visitors to check out the rarest big cats in the world, the Amur leopard.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

NEWSLINK: Killing of escaped lions 'good decision'

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency says the killing of the lions that escaped from the Kruger National Park was a good decision as it was becoming risky to keep them alive.
The three big cats which escaped from the park at the weekend were killed over the past two days.

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PHOTOS: Lioness nursing baby leopard captured on camera for the first time ever

A unique wildlife moment, in which a lioness nursed a baby leopard, has been captured on camera.


The image, which was taken by Joop Van Der Linde, a guest at the Ndutu Lodge in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation Area shows the five-year-old adult allowing the three-week-old cub to feed. The baby's own mother was not to be seen anywhere in the area.

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VIDEO: Twin snow leopard cubs settle in at home at Twycross Zoo

Two adorable new arrivals are making themselves at home among the animals at Twycross Zoo.


Zoo bosses have announced the arrival of their latest additions in the snow leopard enclosure - two female cubs, the third pair for mum Irma and dad Suou.


Born at the start of April, the cubs and their mother Irma have spent their first months together in a den off-show to allow them to settle in to the world at their own pace. Now as they grow older, the two little girls will begin venturing further away from the den's safety.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

PHOTO: Leopard electrocuted at top of 12-foot electric pole

A 4-year old leopard was electrocuted at the top of an electric pole which is 12-feet, in Nizamabad, Telangana state.


Forest officials say, the cat climbed to an electric pole for the reason unknown, got electrocuted after it tried to bite the live wires. The power had to be switched off to bring the big cats body down.

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VIDEO: Horse 'attacked by big cat' near Gympie

Incredible footage has emerged of a horse inflicted with wounds resemblant of a big cat attack on a Gympie region property where the exotic predators have reportedly been sighted.

The images, submitted to the Big Cat Research Group this week, show a number of straight, definite slices covering the rump and flank of a horse contained at Lower Wonga, The Sunshine Coast Daily reports.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

VIDEO: Jaguar dives into river to battle alligator to the death

Footage shows the spotted cat creeping through grass towards a river bank as it hungrily follows the scent of the reptile's flesh.


As it reaches the precipice of the bank, the jaguar spies its prey and prepares to pounce.


The predator then jumps towards the unsuspecting gator with its claws out.

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ARTICLE: A leopard kingdom grows right in the middle of a concrete jungle

Those who don't know much about forests may not understand the real importance or uniqueness of leopards -present in almost every part of the country, including Pune. They are in abundance and every alternate day , there has been news about leopard sighting or attacks on cattle in the rural parts of Pune.

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

PHOTOS/NEWSLINK: Rare white liger cubs born (via Christina Clark)

Mythical creatures have long been the subject of great fascination for many cultures. And while tales of magnificent dragons, sea serpents, and unicorns are still sometimes passed down from generation to generation, it’s usually for entertainment purposes or to spark the imagination of a child. Mythical creatures are just that: mythical.

Even though there are no unicorns in the world (that we know of anyway), thanks to Dr. Bhagvan Antle of the T.I.G.E.R.S. Sanctuary based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we now have the next best thing.

Dr. Antle recently allowed two of his most incredible sanctuary members, a white tiger named Ivory and a white lion named Saraswati, to breed. The result was four of the rarest—and cutest—creatures on the planet that just might make you do a double-take!

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NEWSLINK: 80-year-old woman fights off rabid bobcat

An 80-year-old New Hampshire woman who was attacked by a bobcat is recovering and back to tending to her garden, where the rabid animal left her bloodied over the weekend.
Elsie Dabrowski was cutting the grass around her flowers Sunday night when she said a bobcat suddenly lunged at her and latched onto her face with its teeth and claws. Dabrowski grabbed a sickle and struck the massive cat about five times before her dogs scared it away.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

NEWSLINK: Leopard scare at Poomarudikuzhi village

The Poomarudikuzhi village in Pathanamthitta district is under the leopard scare for the past 4 days. Pet dogs, cats and sambar deer (mlavu) have been killed by the leopard and very recently, the big cat strayed into the village killing a dog and cat owned by Vinod from Gitabhavan in Poomarudikuzhi.

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NEWSLINK: Wild lynx plan not possible under current law

Sheep farmers are growing increasingly concerned about plans to reintroduce lynx into the countryside.


It is understood that the Lynx Trust has applied for a licence from Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage to reintroduce the big cats into the countryside.


Conservationists pushing for a five-year trial reintroduction of Eurasian lynx say their preferred sites would be Kielder Forest in Northumberland and the Borders area in Scotland.


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