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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Livestock are easy prey for big cats of Nagarahole Tiger Reserve

By Lawrence Milton, TNN | Jan 31, 2013, 05.25 AM IST MYSORE: Big cats, especially leopards, making a prey of livestock in villages bordering the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve are common. In the last 10 months, around 139 livestock were killed by tigers and leopards in these villages spread across two districts - Mysore and Kodagu. Last year there were 112 killings of livestock by cats in Nagarahole. On an average about 110 livestock are killed by the big cats in villages on the fringes of the national park. As many as 130 villages border Nagarahole. "As our forests are not completely isolated from the villages, wilad animals preying on livestock is common," Nagarahole reserve director R Gokul told TOI. The latest incident was on Tuesday where a cow in Gundethuru bordering Nagarahole was mauled to death, the director said. Gundethuru is less than 500 mts away from the reserved forest. The rise in number of killings this season may be attributed to a tiger which had killed dozens of livestock in Kodagu. Usually, tigers/tigress feed on animals once in three-four days and the big cats revisit to finish off the leftover. "The tiger may have died after consuming meat laced with rat poison. It could be an act by a livestock owner to take revenge against the tiger, which may have strayed into the village and preyed on his livestock," Gokul explains. Past incidents In the last five months Nagarahole alone has witnessed about six incidents of tigers straying out of their habitat. Two of the incidents proved to be fatal. - one at Mysore zoo during the course of treatment in November and another due to poisoning at Nagarahole in January. Nagarahole director R Gokul says a tiger which was captured in H D Kote in August 2012 was relocated to Bannerghatta National park as it was aged and another tiger which attacked a freelance photographer in Kote this month was caught and released into Banidpur forest. Another tigress which too had strayed out of the forest in November was released back into the woods. In early December, a tigress was injured after its paw got wedged in a barbed wire. It is being treated at Mysore Zoo. Investigation Meanwhile, the investigation into the killing of tiger is underway. Gokul claimed he visited villages on the fringes of Nagarahole and have requested cooperation from villagers to tackle the issue of forest fire. Meeting Forest minister C P Yogeshwar has convened a meeting of forest officials in Bangalore on Thursday. The minister is likely to discuss measures taken to prevent forest fires.

Tiger kills rhino at Dudhwa national park

TNN | Jan 31, 2013, 04.45 AM IST BAHRAICH: A tiger entered the rhinoceros area of the Dudhwa National Park and killed a female rhino. This is the first incident in the history of the park when a wild animal from outside attacked anyone from the rhino family that lives safely in the specific area of the park. Top officials of the park reached the spot and constituted a panel of three doctors for postmortem of the rhino. A rhino rehabilitation project was started in Dudhwa national park on April 1, 1984 and a female rhino Parvati was brought here from Assam when it was only four years old. The rhino had turned 34 years old and was attacked and killed by a tiger on Tuesday night. Park administration came to know about the incident in the morning. The monitoring team found the carcass of Parvati near Kakraha Tal in the Rhino area of south Sonaripur range. Pug-marks were also found around the carcass. tnnIn another incident, a tigress entered Parua village adjoining Kakraha range of Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary and attacked a cow. According to report, Gaya Prasad resident of Parua village adjoining Kakraha range, tied his cow in the verandah of his house. Last night, a tigress entered his house and killed the cow. The roar of the tigress sudden terrified the locals but the villagers mustered courage and chased the tigress away, but it managed to drag the cow to the forest